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Turkey to name administrators to run municipality after detaining Kurdish mayors : Officials

Reuters , Tuesday 1 Nov 2016
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Turkish authorities will appoint administrators to run the municipality in Diyarbakir, the mainly Kurdish southeast's largest city, after detaining its joint mayors last week, officials said on Tuesday.

The state will name the administrators in the coming days, the officials told reporters on condition their names were not used.

A prosecutor accuses Gultan Kisanak, Diyarbakir's first female mayor and a well-known former parliamentarian, and her co-mayor Firat Anli of links with terrorism for public statements they made about greater autonomy for Kurds, who make up about 20 percent of Turkey's population of 79 million people.

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