Mansur Yavaş

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Mansur Yavaş
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29th Mayor of Ankara
Assumed office
8 April 2019
Preceded byMustafa Tuna
Mayor of Beypazarı
In office
18 April 1999 – 29 March 2009
Preceded byİbrahim Demir
Succeeded byMehmet Cengiz Özalp
Member of the Beypazarı Municipal Council
In office
26 March 1989 – 18 April 1999
Personal details
Born (1955-05-23) 23 May 1955 (age 64)
Beypazarı, Ankara, Turkey
Political partyRepublican People's Party
(2013–2016)
(2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Nationalist Labor Party (MÇP) (1989–1992)
Nationalist Movement Party (1992–2013)
Spouse(s)
Nursen Yavaş (m. 1986)
Children2
Alma materIstanbul University Faculty of Law
Websitewww.mansuryavas.com.tr

Mansur Yavaş (born 23 May 1955) is a Turkish politician who is currently the Mayor of Ankara, Turkey, holding the office since April 2019. He was elected in the 2019 local election as the candidate of the Nation Alliance, an opposition alliance formed by the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the İYİ Party.

A lawyer by profession, Yavaş originally entered politics as a nationalist politician. He was the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Mayor of Beypazarı, a district of Ankara, in the 1999 local elections. He served until 2009 and left the MHP in 2013. He joined the CHP the same year and was the CHP's candidate for Mayor of Ankara in the 2014 local election, where official results claimed that he had lost by 1 percentage point. The elections were disputed and were even referred to the European Court of Human Rights due to alleged fraud and irregularities.

Early life and education[edit]

Yavaş was born in the town of Beypazarı, a district of the Ankara Province of Turkey. His father was a former carpenter who ran a business as a newspaper vendor for which Yavaş worked as a paperboy.[1] He completed his primary and secondary education in Beypazarı and started attending Istanbul University in 1979, graduating with a degree in law in 1983. After completing his mandatory military service as a military prosecutor, Yavaş returned to Beypazarı and began practicing law as a private attorney.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Yavaş was elected a member of the municipal council of Beypazarı in 1989. He ran unsuccessfully for the office of the mayor of Beypazarı in 1994. Yavaş continued his legal practice and council membership until 18 April 1999, when he ran again and was elected mayor with 51% of the vote.[3]

2014 Turkish Local Elections[edit]

Yavaş was the Republican People's Party's candidate for mayor in Ankara for the Turkish local elections held on 30 March 2014.[4] At 20:30 local time on the day of the election, after voting had ended and the count was underway, he held a press conference declaring victory and urging his supporters to remain at voting stations to monitor the count despite very unfavorable preliminary result information from the Anadolu News Agency.[5] On 1 April 2014 Yavaş held a press conference where he accused the government-owned Anadolu News Agency of deliberately delaying the broadcast of vote counts from areas with strong support for the Republican People's Party in order to discourage volunteers from continuing to monitor the count. Yavaş stated that his campaign had filed objections with the local election authorities regarding numerous irregularities and urged his supporters, who had gathered in front of the Supreme Electoral Council, to stay calm.[6]

2019 Turkish Local Elections[edit]

Mansur Yavaş taking over as Mayor of Ankara from outgoing mayor Mustafa Tuna during an official handover ceremony on 8 April 2019

Despite having previously resigned from the CHP over their inability to overturn the irregularities of the previous election in 2014, Yavaş announced his intention to rejoin the party and stand again as their candidate for Mayor of Ankara. He was subsequently declared the CHP's candidate, with backing from the İYİ Party, thereby making him the joint candidate of the Nation Alliance. Yavaş started his campaign with a strong lead over his People's Alliance rival, Mehmet Özhaseki.

During the campaign, Yavaş was accused of fraud, forgery and blackmail over duplicate court cases that were filed in 2009. The claims were brought by his rival's Justice and Development Party (AKP), with Yavaş claiming that the individual who had made the claims had a variety of criminal convictions and ongoing investigations over child abuse.[7] While his opponents questioned his legitimacy in light of the claims, his supporters saw the claims to be politically motivated and baseless.

In the election on 31 March, Yavaş became the first CHP Mayor of Ankara after 25 years of AKP (and it's processor Virtue Party) rule, taking 50.9% of the vote compared to his rival's 47.1%.[8] He assumed office on 8 April 2019, after a recount of several ballots failed to close the gap between him and Özhaseki.

Mayor of Ankara[edit]

Yavaş started his mayoral term by placing a freeze on the hiring of municipal personnel while investigations over corruption under the previous Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue.[9] He also replaced two high-ranking municipal civil servants.[10] He was also praised for ordering the statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Ankara's Ulus district to be thoroughly cleaned, having been subject to years of negligence under previous mayors.[11]

On 13 April 2019, the AKP-controlled Ankara Municipal Council attempted to withdraw certain powers from the Mayor and delegate them to the council. Yavaş stated that the attempted power-grab was unlawful and went against the council's bylaws, using his executive power to reject the proposed changes. Yavaş also criticised the previous AKP council's preference to outsource municipal contracts to loss-making companies due to political preferences.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Mansur Yavaş married Nursen Yavaş in 1986. They have two daughters, Armağan and Çağlayan.[13]

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