Turkey’s top election body elects new president

 Muharrem Akkaya has been elected as the new president of Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK), Sözcü newspaper reported on Friday. 

The 56-year-old, whose resume includes work with the country’s justice ministry, received eight out of 11 votes of the board in a secret ballot and is set to serve until January 2023, it said.

Akkaya replaces his predecessor Sadi Güven, who retired from the YSK after serving as president for seven years.

Akkaya was elected as a prosecutor to Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals in 2011 and appointed as YSK member in September 2016.

The new YSK president is among the members of the council who signed in favour of the cancellation of the controversial March 31 Istanbul mayoral election last year upon the appeal of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu declared victory for a second time on June 24 local polls in Istanbul, ending 25 years of rule by the AKP and its Islamist predecessors.