In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor

Februniye Akyol, the first Assyrian mayor in Turkey, was removed today by Turkish authorities.

Februniye Akyol, the first Assyrian mayor in Turkey, was removed today by Turkish authorities.

AINA – 18/11/16

Mardin, Turkey (AINA) — Turkey removed the two co-mayors of Mardin today and replaced them with a so-called qayyum(guardian). The co-mayors, Februniye Akyol and Ahmet Turk, were elected co-mayors of Mardin on March 30, 2014. Februniye Akyol was the first Assyrian female mayor in Turkey and ran as a member of a Kurdish political party.

To date Turkey has removed removed 30 mayors suspected of having ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Fethullah Gülen. Turkish authorities continue to dismiss elected mayors in southeast Turkey. Several big cities are now controlled by a qayyum.

Based on reporting by AssyriaTV.

© 2016 Assyrian International News Agency.

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