Pro-gov’t figures appointed to KYK prior to election

A senior official from the Foundation of Youth and Education in Turkey (TanduRGEV), of which President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s son, Bilal Erdogan, is a board member, was appointed as head of the General Directorate of Higher Education Loans and Accommodation (KYK) management board only three days before Sundayand’s general election via a recruitment process whose details have been kept from the public.
The Justice and Development Party (AK party) appointed Sinan Aksu as director of the KYK without following a transparent and open recruitment process, the Taraf daily reported on Thursday. Three deputy directors were also appointed one day before the election day, while dozens of other figures affiliated with the AK Party were hired as directors of KYK dormitories, Taraf said.
In a leaked audio recording in 2013, Aksu was allegedly heard saying that he had spoken with officials from the Finance Ministry and persuaded them to loan profitable public plots of land to TanduRGEV for 49 years at half their market value. The leaked voice recordings came as part of the graft investigations that came to public attention in December 2013, implicating Bilal Erdogan, four ex-ministers and other figures close to the AK Party.
Speaking to Taraf, Turkish Public Workersand’ Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) President ismail Koncuk said that the appointments to the KYK were conducted after oral exams, the details of which were not made publicly available to ensure that the candidates favored by the government would be appointed. and”This kind of behavior is immoral. You cannot appoint a director to the KYK without publicly announcing the job opening. This constitutes an unlawful act because there are court rulings concerning thisandhellip We will file a complaint about these appointments,and” Koncuk said.