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World: The mayor of Istanbul warns against new pressure from the government of Erdogan to harm his party.

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Le maire d'Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu. - ONUR DOGMAN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO © supplied by News 360 The mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu. - Onur Dogman / Zuma Press / Contactophoto

The mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, warned on Wednesday that the Turkish authorities were going to continue to increase pressure on him and his municipal administration after confirmation a few days ago, of his conviction At two years and seven months in prison for insulted members of the Supreme Electoral Council.

M. Imamoglu, of the People's Republican Party (CHP), opposition party, expects other "politically motivated" surveys to be opened in the weeks and months to come in order to prejudice it, As well as his party, during the June 2023 elections, due to alleged terrorist links within its staff.

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Thus, the mayor of Istanbul detailed that the prosecution currently has more than 1,650 suspicious names and accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of preparing a whole plot to remove it from his duties and thus recover, almost three years more late, a city that was under its control for more than two decades.

"They can do anything ... We know that they will not back down in the three, four or five months," warned Mr. Imamoglu, the main representative of the secular and potential rival of Erdogan in the 2023 elections.

Fifteen days ago, he was disqualified and sentenced to two years and seven months in prison for allegedly insulted members of the Higher Elections Council (YSK) in 2019, when he canceled the First round of local elections, which he again won with an even greater margin when they were started later in the year.

Several organizations for the defense of rights and civil society have questioned the judicial process against the mayor Imamoglu and the persecution against him which would have been initiated by the Erdogan government, lest it emerge as A major challenger in a context of economic and political crisis which makes the 2023 election the most important electoral competition of the last 20 Imamoglu years is not the only local authority to have been dismissed by the courts. In recent years, several Kurdish mayors of localities in the south-east of the country have been removed from their functions for alleged ties with terrorist groups.

Source: (Europa Press)

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