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Mayors banned from meeting with foreign diplomats without permission of Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has prohibited mayors from meeting with diplomats face-to-face or speaking over the phone with them without permission...

Turkey’s top court finds no rights violation in cases of 2 dismissed mayors

The Turkish Constitutional Court has found no violation of rights in the cases of two former mayors from pro-Kurdish parties in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır...

Turkey’s main opposition accused of hypocrisy in stance on replacement of pro-Kurdish mayors

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was accused of hypocrisy for its support of the Turkish government’s practice of removing mayors  –- mostly...

CoE congress urges Turkey to modify terrorism definition, stop replacing mayors without court decision

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CoE) has adopted a recommendation and resolution on the situation of mayors...

Interior minister receives AKP mayors convicted of tender-rigging

Two mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who were recently convicted of rigging tenders recently paid a visit to Turkish Interior...

Opposition mayors’ phones are being illegally wiretapped, CHP leader claims

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed that phones of mayors from his party are being illegally wiretapped by...

Turkey has removed 151 mayors on ‘terror charges’ since 2014: Interior Ministry

Ankara has ousted 151 mayors from office on accusations of terrorism in the last six years, replacing them with government-appointed bureaucrats, Turkey's Interior Ministry...

Erdoğan meets with 29 mayors, urges them to stop digging into past mayoral terms

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday met with 29 metropolitan mayors at his presidential palace in Ankara and asked them not to look for the...

Erdoğan troll claims pro-government columnists blackmail Turkish mayors

Fatih Tezcan, a well-known troll for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claimed in a web broadcast that two pro-government columnists, Hadi Özışık and  Süleyman...

Turkish president threatens mayors of major cities over resistance to resignation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday threatened the mayors of three major cities who are resisting calls to resign as part of efforts...

Turkish governors, local mayors are no-shows at meetings with US’s Adana consul

Governors and local mayors of Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır provinces did not show up for scheduled appointments with Linda Stuart Specht, the US consul...

3 more DBP mayors arrested on terror charges

Three district mayors from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in the eastern province of Bitlis who were detained on Dec. 14 as part...

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