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Turkish German politicians criticize government-appointed trustees replacing elected mayors

Turkish German politicians have criticized government-appointed trustees replacing elected mayors in Turkey, through their social media accounts.

Cem Özdemir, a member of the Federal Parliament, shared his reaction through his social media account:

‘Erdogan’s democracy: accept only the election results you like! Otherwise, repeat the elections until the result is” right “or take the elected ones directly from their posts! Sadly not a joke, it’s the reality. Today this is what happened to HDP Mayors in Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.’

On the other hand, Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Tuesday announced it would not recognize a trustee the Turkish Government appointed to run the municipality of Diyarbakir, after putting its two mayors in prison.

In a statement on its website, the HDP labeled the Turkish Government’s move as “arbitrary, illegal, and anti-democratic.”

The HDP said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had nullified the votes of hundreds of thousands of Diyarbakir people who elected the Co-mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli by sending them to a prison in the Turkish city of Kocaeli.

Selahattin Demirtas, the Co-chair of the HDP, warned last week the Turkish Government was preparing to seize the municipal administration of major Kurdish cities, including Diyarbakir.

Turkish police units arrested Kisanak and Anli in a probe related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) last week in Diyarbakir.

“We state once again that the appointment of trustees to municipalities is in contradiction with universal law, basic human rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Charter of Local Self-Government which Turkey has put reservations on, and even the junta Constitution,” read the HDP statement.

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