Ahmet Türk is a veteran Kurdish politician in southeastern Turkey who has been active in politics since 1973. In the 2014 local elections, Türk was elected mayor of Mardin, associated with the Democratic Regions Party (DBP). However, on Nov. 21 2016, he was detained on terror charges after being dismissed from office by Turkish authorities. He was released on Feb. 3, 2017. In the March 31local elections he was re-elected as mayor of Mardin. But in August he got dismissed again by the Interior Ministry due to accusations for supporting terrorism.