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Turkey’s Removal of Opposition Mayor Signals Further Clampdown

Aykan Erdemir
4th January 2018 - Quoted by Abdullah Ayasun - The Globe Post

Turkish Interior Ministry has removed mayor of Besiktas, a secular stronghold of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul, on charges of corruption and links to Gulen Movement, a move that would stir up social resentment among disgruntled secular segments of the society.

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“The Turkish government’s targeting of CHP mayors is the continuation of Erdogan’s campaign to criminalize Turkey’s opposition parties that first began with HDP lawmakers and mayors before moving on to CHP officials,” Aykan Erdemir, a former CHP lawmaker and currently a fellow with Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told The Globe Post Turkey.

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For Mr. Erdemir, the latest removal of an opposition mayor “is yet another proof that Erdogan has no respect either for the rule of law or for the votes of the electorate.”

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