Ruling AK Party’s Mustafa Tuna elected as new mayor of Ankara

  06 November 2017    Read: 497
Ruling AK Party’s Mustafa Tuna elected as new mayor of Ankara

Ankara Municipal Council elected Mustafa Tuna, current mayor of the capital Ankara's Sincan district, as the new mayor after former mayor Melih Gökçek's resignation.

Tuna received 104 out of 136 votes in the council voting to decide the successor of Gökçek, who held the post for 23 years before resigning on Oct. 28.

Speaking after his election Tuna said: "I believe I will always have your support with me. I will try to be worthy of your trust."

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced Tuna as their candidate for Ankara's new mayor earlier on Monday. AK Party Vice Chairman Erol Kaya announced Tuna's candidacy during the party's group meeting.

60-year-old Tuna served as the mayor of Sincan since 2009 and a deputy from Ankara between 2002 and 2007.

Following the mayors of Istanbul, Bursa, Niğde and Düzce, Gökçek was the fifth AK Party mayor who resigned from the post.

In a landmark speech this summer, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that there was "metal fatigue" within the AK Party and took up the task of rejuvenating it ahead of three crucial elections in 2019: local elections, parliamentary elections and presidential elections.

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