Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

The Council is the ultimate decision making organ of the Municipality. Its members come from district municipalities within the metropolitan boundaries, each of which are represented by their mayors and one-fifth of their elected officials. The council is chaired by the Metropolitan Mayor for a term of five years.

The Metropolitan Municipality Council has the power to discuss and approve certain decisions of district municipalities in addition to its own duties. For example, the district budgets accepted by the district municipalities are discussed and may be amended by the Metropolitan Municipality Council in order to ensure the coordination of investments and services. It may also take directory and regulatory decisions that provide solidarity, unity, and conformity among the overall integrity of the metropolis in services carried out by the district municipalities.