The Turkish government has removed Medeni Özer, the co-mayor of Edremit district of Van province for having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), according to the Mezopotamya news portal.

Özer has been replaced with a state-appointed trustee.

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.