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Turkey: Chief prosecutor elected Supreme Court head

Mehmet Akarca, Turkey's chief public prosecutor, elected head of Supreme Court by 267 votes out of 332 cast

Aylin Dal   | 24.03.2020
Turkey: Chief prosecutor elected Supreme Court head

ANKARA

Turkey’s chief public prosecutor on Tuesday was elected the new head of the Supreme Court.

The election of Mehmet Akarca took place in the Supreme Court building in the capital Ankara, with safeguards in line with the coronavirus outbreak.

Of the 332 votes cast by members of the court, 267 were cast for Akarca.

A 1986 graduate of Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Aegean Turkey, Akarca has worked in various public prosecution positions in the country and joined the Supreme Court in 2010.

He was appointed chief public prosecutor by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2015, and then reappointed in 2019.

Speaking after his election, Akarca thanked everyone for working hard during this difficult time, alluding to the virus pandemic, and wished the country well in the weeks and months ahead.

*Writing by Firdevs Bulut

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