Ankara’s Mamak district governor has ordered the neighborhood heads (mukhtar) to hang the portraits of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in their offices, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Gamze Taşçıer said on Feb. 14 on Twitter.
Taşçı said that the order was sent through SMS messages.
“Dear mukhtars! It is the instruction of the District Governor: It has been notified that our President's pictures will be hung in the mukhtar's offices,” read the SMS message that Taşçıer shared.
Taşçıer said that the text message is a proof that Turkey had become “a party state.” “The Mamak District Governor is not dealing with the problems of the district, but with photographs of Erdoğan,” she wrote.
Mamak Kaymakamı, ilçenin sorunlarıyla değil, muhtarlıklardaki Erdoğan fotoğraflarıyla uğraşıyor. Muhtarlar aranıyor, aşağıdaki mesaj atılıyor. Muhtarlara bir parti genel başkanının fotoğrafını as diye baskı yapılıyor. Parti devleti nedir diye soran olursa, tam olarak budur! pic.twitter.com/Q2SuLNalX0— Gamze TAŞCIER (@gamzetascier) February 14, 2022
CHP Mamak District Head Uğur Açıkalın said in a separate statement that despite Mamak having tons of problems, the district governor and mayor are concerned about Erdoğan’s pictures.
Açıkalın said that hanging Erdğan's portraits in mukhtar’s offices is not compulsory, but that the Mamak governor and mayor force mukhtars to do so.