Istanbul’s ousted mayor says billions wasted under Erdogan’s AKP


Preparing for the second vote, Imamoglu has sought to highlight alleged extravagance and waste under the AKP which, together with its Islamist predecessor parties, has ruled Istanbul with a budget of nearly $4 billion annually for a quarter century.

“80 million lira were spent on Istanbul municipality’s website in three years,” Imamoglu told a news conference, setting the tone for his new campaign for election in the re-run. “We could set up websites for all of Turkey’s municipalities with this money.”