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New Turkish mayors weaponize transparency against wasteful spending

Turkey’s new mayors are using transparency efforts to undermine AKP-majority governing bodies while protecting their work from obstruction.
Mansur Yavas, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and his wife Nursen Yavas, leave a polling station after casting votes during the municipal elections in Ankara, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RC1BCB6685D0

The Ankara municipality livestreamed a public tender for the purchase of steel pipes to be used in the city sewage system on June 24, and reports indicate that 160,00-300,000 people tuned in to watch the routine government function.

The broadcast was the first of its kind in Turkey and comes as part of a pledge for greater transparency from newly elected mayors with the nation’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), which won a string of victories in recent municipal elections and the Istanbul election do-over.

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