Turkish gov't to strip municipalities of authority for assisting PKK

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 29.12.2015 00:00
Turkish gov't to strip municipalities of authority for assisting PKK

After the municipalities affiliated with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) regional affiliate Democratic Regions Party (DBP) turned a blind eye to Turkey's southeastern provinces where PKK terrorists are using municipal equipment to conduct terror attacks, the government has resorted to a new regulation that restricts the authorization of these municipalities.

According to the new regulation, comprehensive reform will be made to the Municipal Law previously enacted in 2012 and authorizations will be seized from the municipalities. In the previous regulation, provincial special administrations were closed and municipalities and district municipalities collectively shared the authority and responsibilities of those administrations.

Now, according to the new regulation, those administrations must either be re-founded or governors will be granted more authority. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is expected to come together with municipals from across Turkey in the upcoming days to discuss the new regulation and to shape the government's decision. It was previously reported that terrorists have used construction materials pertaining to the DBP-led municipalities to carry bombs, dig ditches and plant explosives on roads. in clashes with security forces in the conflict-ridden districts. Moreover, those municipalities have reportedly refused to provide the necessary equipment to security forces for closing ditches.

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