Sep 09 2018

Ruling AKP's former deputies appointed as rectors by Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed fifteen new chancellors to the universities on September 6 but preferred former deputies of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as rectors, Turkish news outlet Gerçek Gündem reported on Friday. 

"The new address of the AKP's former members of parliament is rector seats," the website wrote, following the official announcement of the assignments. 

Former deputy of AKP, Vural Kavuncu, was appointed as chancellor of Kütahya Health Sciences University. Previously, Cevdet Erdöl,  a former  AKP deputy was positioned as Istanbul Health Sciences University Rector, former deputies Aşkın Asan, Necdet Budak,  Nükhet Hotar and Mazhar Bağış become rectors, as well. 

The appointments were not only limited to former deputies but also the relatives of the current deputies, the website said. AKP deputy Öznur Çalık's sister Aysun Karabulut has become the new Rector of Malatya İnönü University as the rector. Besides, Mustafa Çalış, husband of AKP MP Havva Çalış, was brought to Erciyes University Rectorship. 

Another controversial situation is that President Erdogan predominantly appointed male chancellors to the university. Only two of the fifteen chancellors appointed to the universities are female. The situation also raised eyebrows over gender equality in academia.