It is a very kind gesture on the part of the Mayor, and from a political perspective of course, a very great thing." On his way to London for the day, Topbas made this comment: "Women are in the political system these days. AKP (the ruling party) in particular wants for women to take active roles in politics. For the first time in history, a woman will be in control of the Istanbul Municipaliy, even if only for a day. I think this is important for Turkey. It is the first time I have delegated a female counterpart as head of a department."