Turkey’s capital gets a new mayor

The Ankara City Council has elected a new mayor to replace Melih Gökçek, who resigned on Oct. 28 after pressure from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The current district mayor of the Ankara district of Sincan, Dr. Mustafa Tuna, was elected to the post by the majority in the council, apparently reflecting the decision of ruling AK Party officials, who had voted him their top candidate among Ankara’s district mayors from the party two days previously.

“Our fundamental philosophy is honest, transparent and just administration,” he told the council following his election. “I believe that I will always have your support going in this direction.”

Tuna has been the mayor of Ankara’s conservative district of Sincan since 2009.

He was a waste water engineer before becoming an AK Party MP in 2002.