İmamoğlu pledges free weddings, 200,000 jobs for Turkish election

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the opposition politician challenging Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a rerun of an election for Istanbul mayor, pledged free weddings and 200,000 new jobs for the city’s citizens, Diken reported.

İmamoğlu said the Istanbul municipality will charge no fee for weddings held at its facilities should he win the vote on June 23, the news website said.

İmamoğlu, who represents a political bloc led by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), is promising better living standards and more equality and social justice in a two-horse race for mayor with the AKP’s Binali Yıldırım, a former prime minister. İmamoğlu won an initial vote on March 31, but it was overturned by the election board after an AKP appeal based on allegations of irregularities.

The CHP candidate, a former mayor of one of istanbul’s regions, says he is basing his campaign on talking face-to-face with city voters about their economic and social problems. He also opposes costly, s-called mega construction projects advocated by the AKP.