Pro-Kurdish opposition discusses govt-appointed mayors with business association 

The pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has met with Turkey’s largest business association on Tuesday to discuss the government’s suspension of mayors in three Kurdish-majority provinces, reported Turkish news website Duvar.

Delegations led by Co-chair Sezai Temelli of the HDP and President Simone Kaslowski of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) met at TÜSİAD’s headquarters as part of the party’s efforts for a democratic constitution and legal reform in Turkey.

After the meeting, the HDP announced that they discussed the trustee appointments to HDP’s municipalities and Turkey’s economic issues. The party delegation also submitted to the TÜSİAD representatives documents outlining its stance on a democratic constitution for Turkey, legal reform in the country and an alliance of democracy.

“We exchanged views on issues and efforts on the economic and political agenda in our meeting,” Duvar quoted a TÜSİAD statement as saying.

Turkey’s interior ministry had removed the HDP mayors of Van, Mardin and Diyarbakır, three provinces in the country’s predominantly Kurdish south-east, after accusing them of links to outlawed Kurdish militant groups.