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İpekyolu (Kurdish: Kypekyolu) is a district and town in Van Province, Turkey.


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".


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]


  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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