AKP expects another term for Topbaş .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - The leader of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to nominate current mayor, Kadir Topbaş, again for the mayoral post of Istanbul.

Local elections will take place on March 29, 2009. Erdoğan nominated İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, another current mayor, for the city of İzmit.

Erdoğan announced the candidates during a meeting he held at the party’s Provincial Presidency building in Sütlüce.

The AKP candidates for many cities have already been decided, however, party members and the Prime Minister still could not make a decision as to whom to nominate for mayoral seats in some 46 other cities, headed by Ankara. The meeting Erdoğan held was attended by Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım, Tourism and Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay, State Minister Hayati Yazıcı, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, İzmit Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu and many other party members.

Erdoğan said the election result will be in favor of the AKP and said they respected the public’s choices.