The Ministry of Interior Affairs appointed a trustee to Şırnak municipality on Saturday after the removal of the elected mayor on alleged terror charges.

The mayor Serhan Kadırhan had been recently removed as a result of terror investigation and replaced by Şırnak’s deputy governor Turan Bedirhanoğlu.

The appointment was made possible by one of the decrees that was issued following the failed coup of July 15.

In September, with authority vested by the state of emergency rule, the Turkish government removed 28 mayors in the predominantly in Kurdish regions of the country, replacing them with trustees.

Last week, the co-mayors of Diyarbakır, Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, were arrested due to alleged assistance to terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Nov. 5.