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In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor

Februniye Akyol, the first Assyrian mayor in Turkey, was removed today by Turkish authorities.
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 30 mayors suspected of having ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Fethullah G├╝len. Turkish authorities continue to dismiss elected mayors in southeast Turkey. Several big cities are now controlled by a qayyum.

Based on reporting by AssyriaTV.


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