A court has ruled to keep former Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chair Sebahat Tuncel and former co-mayor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır Gültan Kışanak in jail. Lawyers of Kışanak and Tuncel said that their clients are politicians and their political acts can't be accepted as PKK membership or propaganda, while also demanding their release.
CHP deputy chair Aykut Erdoğdu said that Erdoğan and the AKP are about to fall from power, while urging "everyone to make preparations accordingly. "Let me say something to those trusting them [AKP and Erdoğan] This guy and his team are about to be gone. There is no way that he will stay in power. The entire business, bureaucracy and judicial world should make plans accordingly," he said.
Interior Minister Soylu got a nosebleed on live television reportedly because of the cold he was exposed to on Jan. 12 in Kastamonu, where, in a speech, he slammed a play based on former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's book. Soylu said that Demirtaş was responsible for the violent protests of Oct. 6-8, 2014 that resulted in the deaths of over 30 people. "You can't wash the blood off your hands with theater," he said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has carried out two unannounced visits to Islamist İsmailağa community leaders late on Jan. 12. Pictures from his visit were shared by one of the members of the group, prompting criticism on social media over the government's relations with Islamic cults in Turkey.
According to a poll carried out by the Republican People's Party (CHP), the CHP receives support from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). "The psychological barrier against the CHP has started to be overcome," said the party in its evaluations of the survey, adding that interaction with a wider spectrum of voters is more likely when compared to previous elections.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) called on Australia to find an alternative to the camel cull it will carry out amid scorching fires.
The AKP is unsure about what to do with a bill stipulating security checks for those who are going to be employed in the public sector. The government is currently considering two options, which are making some changes in the regulation or canceling it completely. AKP lawmakers specialized on law said that statements such as "loyalty to the state" need to be based on solid evidence when carrying out security checks.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has dropped lawsuits against two children charged with “insulting” him on social media after they issued an apology. One of the children was also required to memorize the 10-stanza Turkish national anthem, whereas the other was required to memorize a poem consisting of 34 stanzas.
Adnan Tanrıverdi, a close advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and member of the Presidency's Security and Foreign Policy Committee, has resigned from his post. He had recently raised attention for claiming the Mahdi - a "redeemer" in Islam who is to descend on earth and rule on judgement day - will return.
Öztürk Yılmaz, a former envoy and deputy from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), is set to found his own opposition party. “Rather than forming a classic party, we are establishing a new structure. We will meet with the people, and concern ourselves with their real problems,” said Yılmaz, who made headlines in 2014 following an ISIS attack on Turkish Consulate in Mosul, adding that there has been significant interest from the CHP in his new initiative.
Former member of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Sırrı Süreyya Önder said the Kurdish-Turkish peace process went downhill after former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu got involved in it. In what was his first time speaking to the press after being released from prison, the former MP and film director said he'd been out of the public eye because of his own health and that of his mother's.
Turkey's former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the leader of the newly established Future Party, has said that he tried to make Erdoğan meet the youth and talk to them during the 2013 Gezi Park protests. “During Gezi, I tried to take Mr. Tayyip to Taksim, among the youth, and get him in touch with them, but I could not convince him," he said.
A Turkish court has ordered former HDP co-leader Figen Yüksekdağ to pay 1,740 Turkish Liras ($291) for “insulting” President Erdoğan. "As a politician, I can make harsh criticisms. This should not be a crime,” Yüksekdağ told the court on Jan. 7.
Main opposition CHP group deputy chair Engin Altay has criticized the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) for sending out invitations to only AKP officials for the inauguration ceremony of its new complex in Ankara. “An opening ceremony with only AKP officials is nothing but recklessness on the path to building a one-party government,” Altay said.
Former HDP leader Demirtaş has said that his lawyers cannot access the updated version of his case file, which prevents them from coming to the court hearings prepared in advance. He said that he has suspicions that the Justice Ministry is behind this implementation. “This is a violation of right to a fair trial. It is restricting the right of defense in an explicit way,” he said.