The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is currently left with running only six municipalities as a result of a series of crackdowns on the party. Since March 2019 local elections, mayors have been replaced by trustees in 48 of the 65 municipalities won by the HDP.
It appears that Turkey will face mounting problems with regards to the management of the pandemic in the coming weeks. As the government seeks control the pandemic, to be able to boast about its success story, the reality is that its ever-increasing oppression and lack of transparency do not help.
Six co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) were removed from their posts by the Interior Ministry. While all six were replaced by trustees of the Interior Ministry, three of the southeastern co-mayors were later detained. Meanwhile, the mayor of an eastern province was detained on charges related to an ongoing investigation.