May­ors ousted un­der post-coup emer­gency

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY re­moved 28 may­ors ac­cused of links to Kur­dish mil­i­tants or US-based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, us­ing emer­gency pow­ers to re­place them with state-ap­pointed trus­tees in a move that sparked ac­cu­sa­tions of tram­pling on democ­racy.

The may­ors have been sus­pended from their posts on sus­pi­cion of links to the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK), which is wag­ing a deadly in­sur­gency in the south­east, or to Mr Gulen, who is blamed for the July 15 failed coup, an in­te­rior min­istry state­ment said.

Us­ing spe­cial pow­ers un­der the state of emer­gency im­posed in the wake of the abortive putsch, they have been re­placed by stateap­pointed trus­tees, sim­i­lar to ad­min­is­tra­tors ap­pointed to head a com­pany that goes into bank­ruptcy.

Twenty-four of the out­go­ing may­ors are ac­cused of links to the PKK and four of links to Mr Gulen, the min­istry said. The reclu­sive cleric de­nies charges of mas­ter­mind­ing the coup.

The move is the most im­por­tant step yet taken by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Su­ley­man Soylu since he took over from Efkan Ala in a sur­prise reshuf­fle ear­lier this month.

Mr Soylu said the move meant that lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties would no longer be con­trolled by “ter­ror­ists or those un­der in­struc­tions from Qandil”, re­fer­ring to the PKK’s moun­tain base in north­ern Iraq.

The de­cree was is­sued un­der the three-month state of emer­gency im­posed af­ter the coup.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties af­fected – mainly in the Kur­dish-dom­i­nated south­east – in­clude hugely im­por­tant ur­ban ar­eas known as cen­tres of PKK ac­tiv­ity such as Sur and Sil­van in the Di­yarbakir re­gion and Nusay­bin in the Mardin re­gion.

The may­ors of the cities of Bat­man and Hakkari have also been re­placed. The in­te­rior min­istry said 12 of the may­ors sus­pended were al­ready un­der ar­rest. –

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