New mayor under investigation for insulting Erdoğan at handing over ceremony

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İzmir's new Torbalı district mayor Ramazan İsmail Uygur. PHOTO: Yeni Asır

An administrative inquiry for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been launched into the incoming Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of İzmir’s Torbalı district due to his alleged remarks on the day he took over the municipality from the ruling party mayor, the Diken news website reported.

According to an Interior Ministry statement, CHP Mayor Ramazan İsmail Uygur made remarks insulting Erdoğan and threatening the former mayor during the handing over ceremony.

Insulting the president calls for a sentence of between one and four years, according to the Turkish Penal Code. Hundreds of people in Turkey, including even high school students, have faced charges of insulting President Erdoğan.

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