Istanbul water company directors resign, symbolising end of era

The directors of Istanbul’s water company İSKİ resigned en masse this week in a move that symbolises the end of an era for the city’s administration.

The resignations were voluntary, according to a joint statement by İSKİ’s chief executive officer and other senior managers, local media including Hürriyet newspaper reported.

İSKİ is run by the Istanbul municipality, which the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its predecessors had overseen for a quarter of a century. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made cleaning up the city’s water supplies a mainstay of his programme as mayor between 1994 and 1998, a position that proved a launchpad for a run into national politics.

Opposition politician Ekrem Imamoğlu won a rerun of an election for Istanbul mayor in June, defeating Erdoğan’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. The original March vote was annulled after the AKP successfully appealed the result.