The number of lawsuits against Esenyurt Municipality – filed for debts still owed during the previous Justice and Development Party (AKP) governance period – has risen to 400.
The AKP ran Esenyurt Municipality from 2004 until the 2019 local elections, when the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP)’s candidate was elected.
Three of the 400 cases against the municipality (when it was run by the AKP) were recently concluded. They supported the petitioners claims against the municipality.
The total debt of the municipality is currently 1 billion, 966 million, 930 thousand, and 997 Turkish Liras. 200 million lira of these debts have been paid since the CHP candidate was elected.
Most of the municipality debts are related to expropriation transactions and debts to contractors. Expropriation debts are 64 million, 326 thousand, 156 TL and contractor debts are 425 million, 586 thousand, 487 TL.
Esenyurt is the biggest district of Istanbul with a population of just less than a million (954,579 people). The local election results of Esenyurt in 2019 had a significant impact on the election results of Istanbul Municipality, which transferred from AKP to CHP governance after 25 years.
The AKP former mayor of Esenyurt Municipality had said just before the 2019 elections: “If we lose Esenyurt, we will lose Islam, we will lose Jerusalem, we will lose Mecca”.