Hundreds of dorms shut down by emergency decree handed over to AKP-linked foundations

A majority of the over 850 dorms that were shut down by an emergency decree following the July 2016 coup attempt have been turned over to foundations and associations linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), independent news site T24 reported on Sunday. 

Only 79 of the 848 dormitories that were shut down following the failed putsch are now run by the Credit and Dormitories Foundation (KYK) while the other 769 buildings are under the control of various AKP-linked foundations and associations, the site said. 

Turkey declared a two-year long state of emergency rule following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, allowing the government to issue decree laws, which bypass legislative and judicial procedures.

Tens of thousands of public employees, including judges and prosecutors, were dismissed with the decree laws, which also ordered the shutting down of many establishments believed to be linked to the Gülen movement, a religious group led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the failed putsch. 

The figures were revealed by the country’s Education Minister Ziya Selçuk following a written question by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu, T24 said.

The ruling AKP’s funding for charitable foundations has been in the spotlight since Turkey’s municipal elections in March. A report compiled by the Istanbul municipality in January showed that 848 million liras ($ 145.6 million) had been transferred to a list of foundations during the previous two-years of the AKP-led administration.