Turkey: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the replacement of 98 elected mayors by trustees and the suspension of 259 elected village and neighbourhood mukhtars.

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The Government of Turkey has replaced more than 90 Mayors with trustees on the grounds that those mayors were charged with terror offences. We have not made representations on these specific cases to the Turkish authorities.

Local elections in Turkey are scheduled for March 2019, and we will continue to urge that elections be free, fair and inclusive, in line with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe recommendations.

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