A government-appointed governor, who replaced the elected mayor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır last year, has chaired a meeting of several officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including district mayors.
The meeting on May 7 was also attended by the heads of the AKP's provincial and district branches as well as women's and youth's branches.
The Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality posted a photo on Twitter showing Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu chairing a videoconference meeting with AKP officials.
“Our esteemed Governor and Metropolitan Mayor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu chaired a videoconference meeting with the participation of AKP Diyarbakır provincial chair Serdar Budak and district chairs,” read the Twitter post.
No information was given regarding the content of the meeting.
Former HDP mayor sentenced to nine years in jail
Sayın Valimiz ve Büyükşehir Belediye Başkan V. @Hasan_Guzeloglu , Ak Parti Diyarbakır İl Başkanı (@AkPartiDbakir) Serdar Budak (@Serdar_Budak21) ve İlçe Başkanlarının da katılımıyla düzenlenen video konferans görüşmesine başkanlık etti. pic.twitter.com/z7hFFQYPA7— Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediyesi (@diyarbakirbld) May 6, 2020
In August of 2019, Selçuk Mızraklı, from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was removed from his post as the Diyarbakır mayor over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In March, Mızraklı was sentenced to more than nine years in prison.
After removing Mızraklı from his post, the government appointed Diyarbakır Governor Güzeloğlu as a trustee.
The government frequently accuses the HDP of links to the PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and the United States. The HDP denies such links.