Eleşkirt, or Kurdish Zêdikan, is a town and district of Ağrı Province in Turkey. Its name is a transference from Alashkert ( Alaškert), the valley's former administrative centre but now a village known as Toprakkale. At the time of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 approximately half of the population consisted of Armenians and the rest of Kurds and Turks. Zatikyan, Hovhannes [Զատիկյան, Հովհաննես] Noravank, 2013, "Garin province in the second half of the nineteenth century" [ Կարինի նահանգը XIX դարի երկրորդ կեսին] pp. 391, 402 url = http://www.noravank.am/upload/pdf/KARINI_NAHANGY.pdf
The mayor is Sebahattin Sarı ( AKP).