Abdullah Demirbas

Mayor of Sur Municipality (Turkey)

Abdullah Demirbas was born in Diyarbakır in 1966. He completed his undergraduate education in Sociology at Firat University in Elazig. He worked as a philosophy teacher from 1987 to 2007 and took part in the establishment of the Mardin Branch of the Union of Teachers (Egitim-Sen) in Turkey. Soon afterwards, he was exiled to Yozgat. In the General Local Elections of 2004, he was elected the Mayor of Sur Municipality in Diyarbakir. In 2007, due to a municipal council decision approving the provision of local services in multiple languages, he was dismissed by the Ministry of Interior. Since June 2007, the Vice-Governor of Diyarbakir City has been acting as the Mayor of Sur. Mr. Demirbas is the author of many publications on multi-lingualism, local democracy and local governance.