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The Turkish pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party said the removal of mayors from the cities of Van, Diyarbakir, and Mardin is a political coup and called on the opposition to solidify against this decision of the authorities,

According to RIA Novosti, the party’s executive committee said the above mentioned in a statement.

Earlier on Monday, Turkish authorities replaced pro-Kurdish mayors in the southeastern cities of Diyarbakir, Van, and Mardin amid the investigations related to terrorism, Reuters reported referring to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Three mayors are charged with various crimes, including membership in a terrorist organization and spreading propaganda from a terrorist group.

“For the health of the investigations, they have been temporarily removed from their posts as a precaution,” it said, referring to Diyarbakir Mayor Selcuk Mizrakli, Mardin Mayor Ahmet Turk and Van Mayor Bedia Ozgokce Ertan.

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