Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired the president of Bosphorus University (Boğaziçi), a loyalist whose appointment sparked months of protests.
On Thursday, it was announced in the Official Gazette that Melih Bolu was dismissed from the position of President of the prestigious Bosphorus University.
No replacement was announced to replace the sacked Bosporus University president, and no reason was given for his dismissal.
Protests against Melih Bolu’s appointment as President of Bosphorus University
According to (bloomberg), students, professors and alumni have been demonstrating against the inauguration of former member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Melih Bolu since early January.
The police arrested dozens and raided some of the demonstrators’ homes.
Malih Bulu’s appointment provided the government with an opportunity to influence staff at the former American University, which Erdogan supporters see as excessively pro-Western.
In February, Erdogan called protesters “terrorists who wanted to storm the university president’s office” and vowed to do “whatever is necessary” to stop them.
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