İpekyolu

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İpekyolu is a district and town in Van Province, Turkey.

History[edit]

According to the 2012 Metropolitan Municipalities Law (law no. 6360), all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750 000, will be a metropolitan municipality and the districts within the metropolitan municipalities will be second level municipalities. The law also creates new districts within the provinces in addition to present districts.[1] These changes became valid by the local elections in 2014.[citation needed]

Thus after 2014 the Van central district was split into two. A part was named İpekyolu and the name Van will be reserved for the metropolitan municipality.[2] İpekyolu means Silk road, Van was an important stop on the silk road.

Rural area[edit]

There were two towns and 30 villages in the rural area of İpekyolu. Now their official status became "neighborhood of İpekyolu".

Politics[edit]

On 30 March 2014, Aygül Bidav from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was elected the first mayor of İpekyolu.[3] But a trustee was appointed on the 11 September 2016.[4] In the local elections in March 2019 Azim Yacan from the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) became Mayor.[5] Following Şehzade Kurt was elected Co-Mayor of İpekyolu. In November 2019, Yacan and Kurt were arrested accused of being a member of a terrorist organization and a trustee was appointed.[6] The current District Governor is Sinan Aslan.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official gazette (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Karagel, Hulusi; Karagel, Döndü Üçeçam (2014-03-19). "Administrative Geography Analysis of Legislation # 6360 Regarding Metropolitan Municipalities in Turkey (2012)". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3rd International Geography Symposium, GEOMED2013, 10-13 June 2013, Antalya, Turkey. 120: 176–185. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.02.094. ISSN 1877-0428.
  3. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2019-12-11). "Van İpekyolu Seçim Sonuçları – İpekyolu Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  4. ^ "Trustee appointed in place of the trustee at İpekyolu Municipality". ANF News. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  5. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2019-12-11). "Van İpekyolu Seçim Sonuçları – İpekyolu Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  6. ^ "İpekyolu District Co-Mayors Arrested". Bianet. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  7. ^ "İpekyolu Kaymakamı Sinan Aslan". www.ipekyolukaymakamligi.gov.tr. Retrieved 2019-11-12.

Coordinates: 38°27′57″N 43°20′35″E / 38.4658°N 43.3431°E / 38.4658; 43.3431