Ankara opposition mayor vows involvement in any municipal corruption case

The opposition mayor of Turkish capital Ankara on Monday vowed that he would become personally involved in any corruption case filed against municipal staff during his time in office, Sözcü newspaper reported.

Mansur Yavaş made the remarks during a live streaming of a City Council meeting in Ankara, part of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor’s efforts in offering a more transparent local governance.

"If any of my staff are on trial over corruption during my time in office, I give my word of honour that I, too, will be involved in that case,’’ Yavaş said during meeting.

"People of honour and dignity must two things when they witness any kind of municipal-level corruption,’’ Yavaş said, going to the Chief Public Prosecutor and requesting an investigator from the Interior Ministry.

Yavaş ended around 25 years of governance by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, when he was chosen as mayor of the Turkish capital in the March 2019 local elections. 

The 65-year-old, who has focused on financial prudence and technocratic reform in the Turkish capital, has launched corruption investigations into the previous AKP administration and enacted a series of changes to promote transparency in municipal governance.

Yavaş often emerges at the top of Turkey’s most successful mayors, according to polls.