Investigations were launched into hundreds of Turkish social media users after they criticized Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria. Over 100 people were also detained for their online posts.
Veteran politician Ahmet Türk slams Turkey's operation in northern Syria, saying “We're against an understanding that seeks to drag Turkey into the quagmire of the Middle East. This understanding will appear in front of us tomorrow and will be a disaster for Turks and Kurds alike."
The co-chairs of Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP are accused of spreading terror propaganda after having criticized the country's military offensive in northern Syria. An investigation was launched into the co-chairs and three other deputies on several charges, including that of 'insulting the government.'
As Turkey's preparations for a military operation in northern Syria are ongoing, its parliament has approved a motion that extends the state's authority to conduct cross-border army operations. The motion was backed by all parties, except for the pro-Kurdish HDP.
While the Trump administration has allowed Turkey to conduct an assault against the U.S.' former allies and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the details of the operation remain unclear.
Turkey has launched its long-sought military offensive in northern Syria following the U.S. troops' withdrawal from the area. The vast majority of Turkish politicians praised the operation.
Turkey's opposition parties criticized the country's planned military operation in northern Syria, with the main opposition party CHP calling for dialogue between Damascus and Ankara. The pro-Kurdish HDP took a harsher tone, saying that the "safe zone" is not in line with Syria's territorial integrity.
Leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have dismissed a proposal by party co-founder and former minister Faruk Çelik that Turkey's president should be elected with a margin of over 40 percent, rather than the current vote threshold of over 50 percent. According to recent polls, the AKP's voter support has fallen to around 40 percent.
Turkey's parliament, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) ushered in its new legislative year on Oct. 1 following a 2.5 month recess. The main issue on the agenda is the government's much-discussed judicial reform package.
The left-wing, pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Sezai Temelli referred to Turkey's presidential system as a crisis. Temelli drew attention to the fact that the Turkish economy has receded by 30 percent in the past five year, and that per capita GDP has dropped from $12,000 to $8000.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu characterized his recent election victory as a warning from the people, in a recent interview with the French magazine L'Express.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, in New York where he attends the UN General Assembly, said there were people eating pork in Turkey but they have not interfered with them and that they will not.
The leader of the main opposition party in Turkey's parliament alleged to promise former President Abdullah Gül to nominate him as a presidential candidate in the 2023 election, according to a pro-government journalist.
After resigning from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will officially establish a new political party in November.
AKP founding member Cuma İçten resigns from party, says a rebellion is coming, cites failures in justice, economy, education, cultural values and counter terrorism.