Cemil Bayık replaces Murat Karayılan as head of KCK’s executive council

10 July 2013 /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL – Cemil Bayık, who was the vice president of the Kurdistan Communities’ Union (KCK) Executive Council, has become the new president of the council, replacing Murat Karayılan.

News websites affiliated with the KCK — an umbrella network that includes the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — said on Tuesday that the decision concerning the structure of the terrorist group had been made at a meeting held in the Kandil Mountains near the Iraq-Turkish border, where the PKK is based. With the latest change, Bayık has become the number two man in the current PKK leadership after PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan, who has been jailed in an island prison since his capture in 1999.