Mayor of Turkey’s capital next from leader’s party to resign

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The mayor of Turkey’s capital says he is resigning, apparently succumbing to weeks of pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek announced after a meeting with Erdogan on Monday that he would step down Saturday.

Gokcek is the fifth elected mayor from Erdogan’s party to leave office under pressure from the president. Erdogan has said he wants to “rejuvenate” his party and replace officials he claims suffer from “fatigue.” The mayor of Istanbul resigned last month.

The 69-year-old Gokcek has led Ankara since 1994 and frequently courted controversy.

Earlier this year, he suggested that Turkey’s enemies have triggered earthquakes to harm the country’s economy. He also has claimed that a U.S.-based cleric the government blame for a July 2016 coup attempt controls his followers with genies.


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