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Canada Turkey: Survey against the Mayor of Istanbul for "disrespect" towards a Sultan

22:45  04 may  2021
22:45  04 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Ekrem Imamoglu, le maire d'Istanbul, le 9 décembre 2019. © AFP Photos / Ozan Kose Ekrem Imamoglu, the Mayor of Istanbul, December 9, 2019.

The Turkish authorities opened an investigation against the Mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, one of the principal rivals of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which they accuse, in particular, having had an "disrespectful" attitude by holding hands in the back during the visit of the mausoleum of a sultan.

This is one of the two main rivals of President Erdogan who is in the viewfinder of the Turkish authorities. The Mayor of Istanbul, the only-operator surveys - with the Mayor of Ankara to be able to beat the current Turkish President in the event of presidential election, has an inquiry open against him for two reasons.

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So far the iron arm between Ekrem Imamoglu and the power remained on the political ground. At two years of the presidential election, the mayor is summoned to explain what is judged as an "disrespectful" attitude: held his hands in the back during the visit of the Mausoleum of Mehmet 2. This Sultan which conquered Istanbul in the 15th century is a manager still very admired in Turkey.

Another subject on which Ekrem Imamoglu will have to be explained before the investigators: his visits to HDP mayors, visits at which he is accused of having held "praising criminals". Pro Kurdish, ranked on the left, this party is today under the threat of a prohibition: the procedure is suspended, but the ultranational ally of the party to power claims its return. Numerous today in Turkey to judge that this party is a political showcase of the ppk, a group qualified as "terrorist" by Ankara and its Western allies.

Ekrem Imamoglu had inflicted a humiliating defeat to the head of state at the municipal elections of 2019 , ending 25 years of reign of the Islamo-Conservatives at the head of the largest city in Turkey.

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