AK Party re­ju­ve­na­tion done as last mayor quits

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

THE MAYOR of the north­west­ern prov­ince of Balıke­sir, Ah­met Edip Uğur, be­came the lat­est to step down from his post yes­ter­day, in a move that led the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) to wrap up its re­ju­ve­na­tion.

BALIKESİR Mayor Ah­met Edip Uğur (L) be­came the lat­est and prob­a­bly the last mayor to step down from his post yes­ter­day as the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party’s (AK Party) wraps up its re­ju­ve­na­tion.

The mayor of the north­west­ern prov­ince was on a list of high-level of­fi­cials from the rul­ing party who party lead­ers asked to step down.

At a press con­fer­ence, Uğur said he also quit from his party.

Although the gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan have not been clear on why sev­eral may­ors were asked to re­sign, it is be­lieved that these lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the party have been sub­ject to pub­lic com­plaints.

For his part, Er­doğan has said that the party, in power since 2003, has been suf­fer­ing from “metal fa­tigue” and needs a re­newal of its cadres.

Is­tan­bul Mayor Kadir Top­baş was the first to step down in Septem­ber. In the past month, Top­baş was fol­lowed by the may­ors of Niğde, Düzce and Bursa prov­inces.

Be­fore Uğur broke his si­lence on the is­sue, Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek re­signed last Satur­day. In the 15 years it has been in power, the AK Party has seen a num­ber of changes to its rul­ing cadre be­fore and af­ter the mul­ti­ple elections it has won. How­ever, this is the first time that sev­eral may­ors have re­signed in such a short pe­riod of time.

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