Siverek

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Siverek
Siverek is located in Turkey
Siverek
Siverek
Coordinates: 37°45′00″N 39°19′00″E / 37.75000°N 39.31667°E / 37.75000; 39.31667Coordinates: 37°45′00″N 39°19′00″E / 37.75000°N 39.31667°E / 37.75000; 39.31667
CountryTurkey
ProvinceŞanlıurfa
Government
 • MayorResul Yılmaz (AKP)
 • KaymakamHamsa Erkal
Area
 • District4,366.84 km2 (1,686.05 sq mi)
Population
(2012)[2]
 • Urban
120,556
 • District
227,017
 • District density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Post code
63600
Websitewww.siverek.bel.tr

Siverek (Zaza Language | Sêwreg) is a city and district in the south-east of Turkey, in Şanlıurfa Province. Population 107,634 (city); 247,000 (district) (2000 census).

Siverek is in Şanlıurfa province but closer geographically to the large city of Diyarbakır (approx 83 km). In the Ottoman Empire period Siverek was within Diyarbekir Vilayet, and the people of Siverek are said to be reluctant to accept being part of Şanlıurfa even today.[citation needed]

In the countryside, the people are mostly ethnically Zaza Kurds with a small number of Arabs and Turks. The people are poor and live by working in the fields here and as sharecroppers in the villages of neighbouring Diyarbakır.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Siverek
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.1
(44.8)
8.7
(47.7)
13.6
(56.5)
19.6
(67.3)
25.7
(78.3)
31.9
(89.4)
36.8
(98.2)
36.5
(97.7)
32.2
(90)
24.4
(75.9)
16.3
(61.3)
9.7
(49.5)
21.9
(71.4)
Average low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
−0.1
(31.8)
4.4
(39.9)
8.8
(47.8)
13.4
(56.1)
18.6
(65.5)
23.0
(73.4)
22.7
(72.9)
18.7
(65.7)
12.9
(55.2)
6.6
(43.9)
2.0
(35.6)
11
(51.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 82
(3.2)
78
(3.1)
81
(3.2)
67
(2.6)
45
(1.8)
7
(0.3)
2
(0.1)
2
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
43
(1.7)
61
(2.4)
92
(3.6)
563
(22.2)
Source: Climate-data.org

Politics[edit]

In common with other districts of Şanlıurfa business and politics in Siverek are strongly influenced, even controlled, by a powerful clan. Siverek is the home town of Sedat Bucak, the former DYP member of parliament who survived the car crash in the Susurluk scandal. He is the leader of the Bucak clan, one of whom has represented the area in the Turkish Parliament since its foundation. Sedat Bucak remains a friend of current DYP leader Mehmet Ağar.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ "Ağar'ın Bucak sevgisi". Sabah (in Turkish). 2006-09-04. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2008-10-10.

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