Occupying the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) agenda in recent weeks, the administrative clash in the CHP's district of Şişli between Mayor Hayri İnönü and former mayor Mustafa Sarıgül's son Emir Sarıgül, who has been serving as deputy mayor, has ended with Emir Sarıgül resigning. Şişli has been a CHP stronghold for years. Following allegations that the Sarıgül family made death threats against the current mayor in order to maintain control of the municipality administration, the CHP headquarters in Ankara stepped in to calm the chaotic atmosphere. On Friday, Emir Sarıgül announced in a press conference that he was resigning from office.
Current mayor, Hayri İnönü, in an interview with a Turkish daily, said that Emir Sarıgül's father, Mustafa Sarıgül, had threatened his family, while Emir Sarıgül insulted him with offensive language. Even though Sarıgül said that he has resigned from his post, a leaked document revealed that all of his powers were in fact removed by İnönü.
Previously, Mustafa Sarıgül had been Şişli's mayor for a long period, and he is a figure who still dominates the Şişli mayoral administration. Having left the CHP about 10 years ago and transferring to the Democratic Left Party (DSP) due to internal rivalry in the CHP, he returned to the CHP and announced his candidacy for the CHP's Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality race in the March 30 local elections.
He did not win the election, but the CHP received most of Şişli residents' votes, and so İnönü was elected mayor of Şişli.
Following the election, Sarıgül was appointed deputy mayor. İnönü removed a number of powers from the deputy mayor and this move allegedly led to the Sarıgül family's alleged threatening behavior.
Emir Sarıgül denied the allegations of making a threat and offensive language and said on his Twitter account that he would file a complaint against İnönü. The Şişli mayor, on the other hand, said in the interview that the Mustafa Sarıgül threatened him, adding that it is not possible for him to work with Emir Sarıgül anymore.