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Dipkarpaz mayor Coşkun rides to work on donkey

THE mayor of Dipkarpaz carried out a vow to ride to work on a donkey yesterday after police seized his municipal car over unpaid electricity bills.

Dipkarpaz mayor Coşkun rides to work on donkey

The car could now be sold to help pay a 30,000TL bill for electricity used by the municipality – including 15,000TL interest for late payment and legal fees.

“Shall I ride a donkey [to work]?” asked Mr Coşkun on Wednesday as three officers arrived to remove the vehicle, said to be worth some £16,000.

Yesterday Mr Coşkun kept his word and travelled the 1km distance from his home to office on the back of a donkey.

The bill from electricity authority Kıb-Tek relates to energy used by Dipkarpaz Municipality since 2010.

The mayor’s five-year-old Mercedes E250 will be put up for sale if the money is not paid within a week.

Mr Coşkun, who became mayor in 2014, said the police officers demanded that he paid the 30,000TL bill “in cash within 15 minutes” and that they refused to accept a cheque.

“I offered to pay in cash the following day but they refused and then left with the car, which I regard as unreasonable,” he said. 

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