Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek has stated that he would resign from his post on Oct. 28.
“God willing, I will extraordinarily convene the Ankara municipal council on Saturday and bid farewell to council members and present my resignation,” Gökçek said on his Twitter account.
Erdoğan had previously said that mayors suffering from what he calls “metal fatigue” should quit their jobs before the AKP expels them or judicial action is filed against them.
Gökçek was elected as the mayor of Ankara in 1994 and joined the AKP in the early 2000s. He we reelected in Ankara in three consecutive elections in 2004, 2009 and 2014.