MHP leader Bahçeli criticizes CHP mayoral candidate İmamoğlu over appearance in city derby
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has criticized Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayoral candidate for Istanbul, over his appearance at a football match between Istanbul football clubs Beşiktaş and Medipol Başakşehir on April 13.
“To take the issue of the certificate of election to the stadium is a seed planted to transform the competition between clubs into enmity. He won’t make a good mayor,” Bahçeli said on April 14 at a meeting of his party in Ankara’s district of Kızılcahamam.
According to the current unofficial results in the Istanbul mayoral race, İmamoğlu leads the votes against the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Binali Yıldırım, but has so far not received his certificate of election from the Supreme Election Council (YSK) following AKP’s appeal to recount the votes.