Ahmet Türk

Ahmet Türk
Mayor of Mardin
Assumed office
30 March 2014
Preceded by Süleyman Yıldız
Leader of the Democratic Society Party
In office
17 August 2005  3 July 2007
Serving with Aysel Tuğluk (until 25 June 2006)
Preceded by Party established
Succeeded by Nurettin Demirtaş
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
22 July 2007  30 March 2014
Constituency Mardin (2007, 2011)
In office
29 November 1987  24 December 1995
Constituency Mardin (1987, 1991)
In office
14 October 1973  12 September 1980
Constituency Mardin (1973, 1977)
Personal details
Born (1942-07-02) July 2, 1942
Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey
Nationality kurdish
Other political
Democratic Society Party (DTP)
Occupation Politician

Ahmet Türk (born 2 July 1942 in Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey) is a Kurdish nationalist[1][2][3] politician in Turkey. 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] Türk 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 December 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Turkey voted to ban the DTP, accusing it of connection with PKK.[5] Türk was expelled from the Grand National Assembly, and 36 other party members were banned from joining any political party for five years.[6]

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.[7]


  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 ?, 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. 1 2 "The final nail in the coffin of peace process in Turkey". Al-Monitor. 22 November 2016.
  5. "Turkish court bans pro-Kurd party". BBC News. 2009-12-11. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  6. Hacaoglu, Selcan (2009-12-11). "Turkey bans pro-Kurdish party over ties to rebels". Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  7. "Court arrests former Mardin mayor Ahmet Türk". Hurriyet Daily News. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
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