New by-law paves way for public land allocation to pro-gov’t foundations

A revision to a clause in a Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning by-law opens the door for foundations which support Turkey’s leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) to acquire public land free of any cost, left-wing Birgün daily reported.

A new by-law allows for immovable property belonging to the treasury and public non-profit associations to be appropriated to associations which are approved by the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for a period of 49 years, Birgün said.

Hundreds of associations, among them the associations under the auspices of TÜGVA, an educational foundation that has grown to become giants in the education and student dormitory sectors whose founding members include Bilal Erdoğan, son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as well as the Turkish Diyanet Foundation, an affiliate of the country’s top religious body, the Religious Affair Directorate, will benefit from the revised by-law, according to the daily.