Transportation, poverty, refugees to top agenda of Istanbul's new mayor

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"I am determined in carrying this issue to all over the world, drawing their attention and urging them to cooperate and show solidarity against the human tragedy there, rather than focusing on the oil of Syria," Imamoglu remarked.

He will prioritize a "national policy" on refugees with a view to protecting and supporting mainly women and children.

"At the end of the day, it is the duty of the world countries to build democracy and peace in those lands as much as possible," he said, adding he would be open to all kinds of cooperation to create opportunities for a safe return of the refugees to their hometowns.

The new mayor also pledged a comprehensive solution to the issue of Syrian refugees, whose number has long exceeded 1150,000 in Istanbul.

"The refugee issue was mismanaged in Turkey," he said, blaming other countries for remaining silent on the "tragedy" in Syria and its environs.

Imamoglu called on other municipalities to show solidarity by offering discounts to their residents.

Imamoglu, candidate of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, was certified as the mayor of Istanbul the previous day after he won the mayoral election held on June 23 by a clear margin.

ISTANBUL, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Istanbul's new mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Friday that traffic and transportation, urban poverty and refugees are among his top priorities that require urgent solutions.

He won the Istanbul mayorship in local elections held on March 31 by a slim margin and served as the mayor for fewer than one month, before he was disqualified by Turkey's top election board on May 6 as it annulled the result and called for a new election on June 23 over claims of irregularities by the ruling party.

At a press conference with foreign media outlets, Imamoglu pledged to work hard to solve these problems, open to all kinds of cooperation home and abroad.

He promised to take a series of measures to contribute to the households' budgets in efforts to curb rising poverty because of deteriorating economic conditions and high living costs.

Describing the traffic and transportation problem in the largest city of Turkey as "very acute and real," he said he would urgently deal with it.