Ahmet Türk

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Ahmet Türk
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Mayor of Mardin
In office
30 March 2014 – 16 November 2016
Preceded bySüleyman Yıldız
Succeeded byMustafa Yaman
Leader of the Democratic Society Party
In office
17 August 2005 – 3 July 2007
Serving withAysel Tuğluk (until 25 June 2006)
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byNurettin Demirtaş
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
22 July 2007 – 30 March 2014
ConstituencyMardin (2007, 2011)
In office
29 November 1987 – 24 December 1995
ConstituencyMardin (1987, 1991)
In office
14 October 1973 – 12 September 1980
ConstituencyMardin (1973, 1977)
Personal details
Born (1942-07-02) 2 July 1942 (age 76)
Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey
Other political
Democratic Society Party (DTP)

Ahmet Türk (born 2 July 1942 in Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey) is a Kurdish nationalist[1][2][3] politician in Turkey and was born into a family of Kurdish landlords and tribal chiefs in southeastern Turkey.[4]

Türk was the chairman of the former pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Turkey and was a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. On 26 February 2007 Türk, as acting president of the DTP was sentenced together with vice-president Sebahat Tuncel to 18 months imprisonment for having used the Kurdish language in a leaflet of the DTP women wing, for the International Women`s Day on 8 March. Then on 6 March 2007 he was convicted to 6 months imprisonment for calling Abdullah Öcalan "Mister" (Sayin), this sentence got suspended.[5] He was elected MP to the Turkish Parliament for Mardin on the 22 July 2007.[6] On December 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Turkey voted to ban the DTP, accusing it of connection with PKK.[7] Türk was expelled from the Grand National Assembly, and 36 other party members were banned from joining any political party for five years.[8] In April 2010 he was attacked by İsmail Çelik who beat him and broke his nose. Çelik first received a prison sentence of 11 months and 20 days which was later changed into a fine of 7000 Turkish Liras.[9] He has been described as "the most peaceful, most inclusive, most anti-violence, most moderate and wisest figure of the Kurdish political movement, and the one most likely to compromise."[4] In his aim to reconcile with the victims of the Genocide during World War I he has apologized to the Assyrian, Yazidi and Armenian population for the role of the Kurds in the genocide.[10]

In the 2014 local elections, Ahmet Türk was elected mayor of Mardin, associated with the Democratic Regions Party (DBP). However, on 21 November 2016 he was detained "on terror charges" after being dismissed from office by Turkish authorities, and a trustee appointed as mayor.[11]He was released on the 3 February 2017.[6]


  1. ^ Robert W. Olson (ed.), "The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s: Its Impact on Turkey and the Middle East", University Press of Kentucky, 1996, ISBN 9780813108964, p. 144. ... obliged to integrate Kurdish nationalists (namely Ahmet Turk and Nurettin Yilmaz) both locally and nationally.
  2. ^ Morton Abramowitz, Turkey's Transformation and American Policy, Century Foundation Press, 2000, ISBN 9780870784538, p. 64. one of Turkey's leading Kurdish nationalist politicians bears the name Ahmet Turk
  3. ^ Gareth H. Jenkins, The AKP's New Dialogue with Öcalan: A Process but which Process ? Archived 2014-01-07 at the Wayback Machine, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Silkroad Studies Program, vol. 6 no. 1, 16 January 2013, Johns Hopkins University. On January 3, 2013, the Turkish authorities allowed two Kurdish nationalist members of parliament, Ahmet Türk and Ayla Akat Ata, to visit Öcalan on İmralı.
  4. ^ a b "The final nail in the coffin of peace process in Turkey". Al-Monitor. 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Turkey : Human Rights Concerns in the Lead up to July Parliamentary Elections. Human Rights Watch. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b "Ahmet Türk Released". Bianet. 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Turkish court bans pro-Kurd party". BBC News. 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ Hacaoglu, Selcan (11 December 2009). "Turkey bans pro-Kurdish party over ties to rebels". Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Turkish Intellectuals Who Have Recognized The Armenian Genocide: Ahmet Türk". Armenian News By MassisPost. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Kurdish Leader Apologizes for Role in Genocide". Asbarez.com. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Court arrests former Mardin mayor Ahmet Türk". Hurriyet Daily News. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.