Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is more popular for the role of president than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a November survey conducted by Piar Research, a private polling company.
The survey was conducted with 2,416 participants in 26 different cities. When asked who they would vote for in a general election, 44.5 percent said they would vote for İmamoğlu as president, and 39.7 percent said they would vote for Erdoğan.
As for the ruling party in parliament, 31.9 percent would vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) while 24.7 percent would vote for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Some 10.6 percent of the participants said they would vote for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) while 10.2 percent would vote for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and 9 percent would vote for the İYİ (Good) Party.
Geologist and earthquake expert Professor Naci Görür warned in a recent series of tweets that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s controversial Kanal Istanbul project will exacerbate the damage that the city is likely to face in an earthquake that is expected to occur sometime within the next several decades.
The project, which seeks to carve out an artificial shipping canal on the outskirts of the European side of Istanbul in order to alleviate traffic from the Bosphorus strait and stimulate real estate interest in area, has been referred by Erdoğan himself as his “crazy project.” Environmentalists and experts have warned that the ambitious project would create for disastrous environmental consequences.
As my plane began its descent into Istanbul, the Bosporus coming into view, I started fantasizing about all the architectural and cultural landmarks