Mayor advocating halt of construction in ‘Turkey’s Maldives,’ wife wounded in armed attack

Duvar English

A mayor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), who has been a vocal figure in the efforts to halt construction in Lake Salda, dubbed “Turkey’s Maldives,” was wounded in an armed attack on April 20.

Mümtaz Şenel, mayor of the Yeşilova district of the southwestern province of Burdur, and his wife Fatma Şenel were shot by unknown assailants, who reportedly told the couple that they were police officers, at around 4:30 a.m.

The couple were taken to a hospital and two people were detained over the incident.

Mümtaz Şenel made headlines last week after sharing pictures of heavy machinery around the lake, prompting outrage on social media. Following backlash, Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said that security cameras would be installed to the area and the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) said that a probe was launched into the construction efforts.

Şenel also said that the famous white sand in the area was transported to a different location for road construction.

Hours earlier than the attack, meanwhile, Şenel urged the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to cooperate with local authorities.

He also said that he would personally observe the efforts to carry the transported white sand back to its original spot.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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