Who is Ekrem İmamoğlu? Politician elected Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality twice in 3 months
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the CHP candidate of the National Alliance, was elected as the Mayor of Istanbul by 13 thousand 729 votes in the local elections held on 31 March. The Supreme Election Board annulled the election on 6 May and ordered a re-election on 23 June. This time Ekrem İmamoğlu won the election with close to 800 thousand votes and 9 points. İmamoğlu is the most talked about name in Turkish politics so far in 2019.
Ekrem İmamoğlu need several months of campaigning, both March 31 the night of his explanations, as well as the counting process and the post was on watch that politics all over Turkey recognizes the name and now the CHP politics in politics "shining star" began to be called.
İmamoğlu was born in 1970 in Trabzon. A graduate of Istanbul University, Department of Business Administration, İmamoğlu comes from a conservative / right-wing family.
Imamoglu, in 2008, when the decision to make active politics CHP'yı chose the address. In 2009 elections, this party was the candidate of Beylikdüzü Mayor Candidate. The candidate was not nominated, but a few months later he was elected as the county president. In the 2014 local elections, he was elected as the president of the AKP by taking Beylikdüzü Municipality from the AKP.
The successful mayor's office in Beylikdüzü carried İmamoğlu to the CHP's candidacy for Istanbul. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu visited Imamoğlu and his family on December 13, 2018 and met for breakfast.
Referring to the fact that the bride of Kılıçdaroğlu Trabzon'lu Hasan Imamoglu, "you have already received a girl from Akcaabat. We also give the boy, would" the approval of his son's candidacy, the two sides shook hands.
İmamoğlu period of approximately 3 months Istanbul metropolitan nomination process and the counting period of 17 days after 31 March elections, during the elections in Turkey felt "polarizing" was careful not to use language.
Street to street walks, the AKP voters who would not vote for him, "Thank you," he became known. The fact that the AKP and MHP spokesmen did not show a shy attitude about the HDP voters, which made them the target, made the Kurdish votes turn to him.
Imamoglu, the election night, making a total of 12 explanations, supporters and members of the press was constantly appreciated. During the 17 days of the census in Istanbul, he repeatedly repeated the call for his mazbatas.
He also visited Ankara. During his visit to the Mausoleum, he signed the book "Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality". The Ministry of Defense removed the book from the Mausoleum.
During the 17-day census, Imamoglu visited many districts of Istanbul as well as Ankara. At the rallies organized here, he promised that "16 million Istanbulites would be the mayor" and reiterated his demand for mazbatasını.
In this context, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbaş, who had to leave his duty about 1.5 years ago due to the demand of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the grounds of metal metal fatigue Nur, He visited Bedrettin Dalan.
İmamoğlu also included Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who was elected as the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1994 within the scope of his "previous president visit".
President Erdoğan's response to this request was, "My door is open to everyone, but can I get permission from Mr. Kemal? Although some circles in the CHP criticized this visit, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu stated that the meeting took place within the knowledge of the "need not to make a distinction. Every party had mayors, went to get their views. Erdogan was also within this framework approved the meeting."
Imamoglu also refused to use harsh polarizing language against his rival Binali Yildirim. When the candidacy was announced for the first time, the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Yildirim, said tutum Mr. Binali Yildirim is not my rival.
"It is the discretion of the President of the Assembly. There are legal issues, constitutional clauses, who does not recognize what rights do not recognize, I do not know that direction. Mr. President of the Assembly with his own titri and authority can be forced on the streets of Istanbul. As a candidate for the mayor of the Metropolitan Mayor. I'm traveling like that. I set up easier dialogue.
Imamoğlu'nun attacked two mosques in New Zealand for those who died in Eyup Sultan attended the Mawl. It was remarkable that İmamoğlu read the Surah Yasin from the Holy Quran for those who lost their lives here.
Ekrem İmamoğlu's positive language and campaign to win Istanbul against an experienced name like Binali Yildirim, strengthened its position within the party CHP.
According to many commentators, İmamoğlu may come up as a new name in the leadership races within the party with its performance in the local election process, appealing to different segments, strengthening its position within the party with youth advantages.
Imamoglu, in an interview with the BBC, in 2023 whether to think of the president to ask whether the question, "God knows (God knows)" was the answer.
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