ISTANBUL - In Eskişehir in northwestern Anatolia, Yılmaz Büyükerşen from the Democratic Left Party, or DSP, was elected for a third term as mayor with 51.46 percent of the votes.
The efforts of Finance Minister Kemal Unakıtan, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP’s, Eskişehir deputy, were not enough to beat Professor Büyükerşen, the former rector of Eskişehir University. In addition to recapturing the mayoral post, Büyükerşen increased the DSP's votes from 44.76 to 51.46 percent. AKP votes declined from 42.35 to 37.15 percent in the metropolitan city located in central Anatolia.
Trust in electorate
Büyükerşen said he trusted the electorate of Eskişehir and they re-elected him for a third time, a first for the city. "I am mayor of all the Eskişehir residents regardless of their party," he said after the elections, daily Milliyet reported.
Modern-day Eskişehir is one of Turkey's foremost industrial cities. Traditionally dependent on flour-milling and brickyards, the city has 600,000 people and its industry includes widespread manufacturing firms.