İmamoğlu dismisses reports of unethical hiring at Istanbul municipality

Istanbul’s opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu on Sunday denied claims of unethical hiring policies at the city’s metropolitan municipality (İBB) while highlighting Turkey’s unemployment problem. 

İmamoğlu dismissed reports regarding a letter from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul Provincial Directorate, calling on 39 district directorates to fill positions at the İBB with a list of suggested candidates.

‘’I saw the intra-party communication. It carries no weight where I am concerned. Everyone can write a letter for reference; however, this communication is wrong. It must be the mistake of the person who penned it," left-wing news site Artı Gerçek quoted İmamoğlu as saying.  

CHP mayor İmamoğlu has come under criticism from pro-government supporters for firing at least 1,400 council employees this month.

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu has pledged to tackle what he said was the extravagant city council spending  and the vast amounts it transferred to charitable foundations close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which, along with its Islamist predecessor, ruled Istanbul for 25 years. 

İmamoğlu also said almost 6000 people had applied for 13 positions available at the municipality’s associate media company, Medya A.Ş.

‘’This of course shows us the level which unemployment has reached not just in Istanbul, but in Turkey as a whole. Our friends are going to try and chose candidates most suitable for the jobs. We keep competence as a priority in [hiring] for all our partnerships,’’ İmamoğlu said.

Turkey’s jobless rate reached 13 percent in the three months to July, according to Turkish Statistical Institute figures published earlier this month.