ANKARA, Aug. 19
(Xinhua/GNA) - Turkey's Interior Ministry on Monday dismissed three mayors of
the opposition People's Democratic Party (HDP) in eastern and southeastern
Turkey over alleged terror links.
have also detained 418 people in 29 provinces in an investigation targeting
suspects with links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), said the
The mayors of
Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces, namely Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli, Ahmet Turk
and Bedia Ozgokce Ertan, have been suspended, a statement from the ministry
The mayors have
been replaced by state-appointed governors.
The police have
been carrying out an operation in the municipalities, local media
government accuses the opposition HDP of having links to the PKK, a group that
was listed as a terrorist organization by Turkish government, the United States
and the EU.
said the PKK exerted heavy efforts to nominate candidates "who would be
easily led once they would be elected and would be under its guidance and
were elected on March 31 in local elections.
Metropolitan Mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van Provinces had taken their
offices, it was highlighted that they exerted the so-called 'co-mayor' practice
upon the instructions of the leaders of the separatist terrorist
organization," said the ministry.
"intended to convert the municipalities into an administrative structure
separate from the whole country, they de facto employed the former municipal
employees, who had been removed from their offices due to their engagement,
affiliation and relation with the terrorist organization," said the
ongoing separate investigations and prosecutions on these mayors over alleged
terror links, the ministry said that they have been suspended from their duties
as an interim precaution for safety and security concerns.
The move is
part of the efforts by the Turkish government, which has recently intensified
its fight against the PKK in the military level both in Turkey and in northern