Turkey has removed Murat Hazinedar, the mayor of the Istanbul district of Beşiktaş, on claims of corruption, replacing them with state-appointed trustee in a major shake-up under emergency powers enacted after a failed coup attempt, the Diken news portal reported.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has been removing local mayors, particularly in the Kurdish-populated southeastern region, especially since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Tens of elected Kurdish mayors were replaced by government appointees under an ongoing state of emergency.
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