Istanbul’s new mayor pleads for unity as AKP seethes


Thousands of citizens waving Turkish flags clapped and cheered outside Istanbul’s city hall as the new mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, appealed for a new era of peace and unity in Turkey’s largest city.

  • Amberin Zaman
  • Al-Monitor

“Leave behind your quarrels, let’s think positive,” Imamoglu pleaded, his voice hoarse from months of campaigning, as he pledged to serve all of Istanbul’s 16 million-plus residents without discrimination.

“Greeks, Armenians, Jews, I salute you all,” he said.

“This city will be women-friendly.”

Imamoglu delivered a speech suffused with hope and humility after receiving the mandate to become…

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