All mass gatherings banned in Van province for 15 days

The preliminary results of the Turkish local elections indicate that Zeydan won with 55% of the vote in Van province. Van is a Kurdish-populated province located in eastern Turkey (Bakur).  
Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party protest after its candidate in Sunday's municipal elections in the city of Van was ruled ineligible. (Photo: AFP)
Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party protest after its candidate in Sunday's municipal elections in the city of Van was ruled ineligible. (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – As a result of the rejection of People’s Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) candidate Abdullah Zeydan and the appointment of Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Abdulahat Arvas as his replacement, the governor of Van on Wednesday imposed a 15-day ban on all mass gatherings to prevent mass demonstrations.

Leyla Zana, a Kurdish politician and former Turkish legislator, and a delegation of Republican People's Party (CHP) MPs are also scheduled to visit Van on Wednesday in support of Van's DEM Party candidate.

The preliminary results of the Turkish local elections indicate that Zeydan won with 55% of the vote in Van province. Van is a Kurdish-populated province located in eastern Turkey (Bakur).  

The governor of Bitlis issued a similar decision to prevent mass gatherings and protests.

Ali Yerlikaya, the Turkish Minister of Interior, announced that 89 individuals had been arrested on charges of disrupting security.

Protests hold in Batman, Gever, Hakkari, Sirnak, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Siirt, Silvan, Izmir, Manisa and Istanbul to support DEM Party candidate.

On 31 March, Turkey held local elections in all 81 of its provinces. Thirty metropolitan mayors and 1,363 district municipal mayors were elected, as well as 1,282 provincial and 21,001 municipal councilors.

Over 61 million people were eligible to vote in the election. Although 100% of the votes were cast, only preliminary results have been announced so far, and the final results will be announced following complaints.