Article 1 defines a village as a settlement with a population of less than 2,000 individuals.
Village headman and council of eldersEdit
Articles 9 through 11 of the Village Law regulate the positions of the headman (muhtar) and council of elders (köy ihtiyar heyeti), requiring that they be elected every four years by secret ballot. The headman is the link between the central government and the village. The law of 1924 also requires that a village is only a village if it has a Mosque. The law was substituted by the law No. 4916 of 2003.
Provisions relating to foreignersEdit
Article 87 of the Village Law originally barred foreigners (or companies under the control of foreigners) from owning land in Turkish villages. It was amended in 1984 to permit the Council of Ministers to grant an exception to the bar on foreign ownership. The Constitutional Court struck down this amendment. The legislature passed a similar amendment in 1986, which was also struck down. Article 87 was repealed in 2003 by Article 19 of the Law Concerning Amendments to Various Laws and the Statutory Decree Concerning the Organisation and Duties of the Ministry of Finance (Law No. 4916 of 2003).
Amendments proposed in 2009Edit
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