Turkey cuts short term of consul-general in Plovdiv – reports

The term of office of the Turkish consul-general in Plovdiv, Alper Aktaş, is being brought to an end about six months ahead of term, Bulgarian media reports said.

Aktaş (36) has been consul-general of Turkey in Bulgaria’s second city since September 2014.

Bulgarian media quoted sources in Ankara as saying that Aktaş was returning to the Turkish capital to become an adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, reports also linked the departure of Aktaş to the recent upheavals in the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF).

Reacting to the reports on January 22, the consulate-general in Plovdiv denied that Aktaş was being “recalled”, said that his departure had been planned some time ago and he would start work in Ankara in the next few days.

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