Turkish Interior Ministry's budget talks for 2020 became the scene of a brawl between deputies of the ruling AKP and the opposition, with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu calling Felicity Party lawmaker Cihangir İslam a "traitor" and a "provocateur," following the MP's criticisms aimed at the government about human rights and "jailing of opponents on terror charges."
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP has called for an early election to be held in the country. The call comes after the authorities have removed 24 mayors of the party since August. "We say 'early election' for the peoples of Turkey to be rid of the AKP-MHP authority. This is a call for confrontation," the party said in a 12-point declaration on Nov. 20.
Allegations of a CHP figure secretly meeting President Erdoğan sparked debate inside the main opposition party
Allegations of an opposition newspaper columnist that a prominent CHP figure recently met with President Erdoğan, who offered help to install the figure as the new head of the CHP, sparked debate inside the main opposition party.
The European Union has decided to cut €85 million in the pre-accession funds for Turkey, compared to the draft budget proposed by the European Commission. The Council of the European Union said that the reason of this cut was “the distancing of Turkey from EU values.”
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkey will have repatriated most of its ISIS detainees to their home countries by the end of the year. He also said that countries that revoked the citizenships of their nationals were violating international law.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has received the "2019 Award for Special Political Courage," with his wife attending the ceremony to get the award due to the former party co-leader being in jail. "I accept this award on behalf of all political prisoners in Turkey, female political prisoners in particular," Demirtaş said in the letter sent to the ceremony.
MHP deputy Tamer Osmanoğlu has submitted a law proposal to the parliament, demanding that the government open "integration courses" for foreigners who want to become Turkish citizens. Only those who successfully complete these courses should be eligible for citizenship, according to the law proposal.
Main opposition CHP vice chair Ünal Çeviköz has said that public diplomacy is no longer run by the Foreign Ministry, but instead by the Presidency's Directorate of Communications. "
Public support for Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria is nearly 80 percent, with striking changes taking place in the people's perceptions after the beginning of the incursion. The offensive, called "Operation Peace Spring," wins the “complete” support of 53.3 percent of the population, while another 25.7 percent give it their “partial” backing, according to a recent research by Metropoll.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Istanbul Deputy Ahmet Hamdi Çamlı claimed that the recent local elections were influenced by CIA and Mossad. Referring to reforms carried out by Atatürk that switched the Arabic script-based Ottoman Turkish for the Latin alphabet, Çamlı said "It was a disastrous mistake".
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Turkey is unlikely to repatriate three million Syrian refugees to the northeast of the country and this is a "deceptive humanitarian slogan" raised by Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested in September that three million refugees could return to a "safe zone" in northern Syria.
HDP mayors from Savur, Derik and Mazıdağı districts of Mardin and Suruç district of Şanlıurfa have been detained as part of ongoing terrorism investigations, provincial prosecutors said. In addition to detentions and arrests, Turkey’s Interior Ministry often appoints trustees to replace elected mayors from the HDP in the country’s southeast.
A MHP deputy has likened the lawyers of HDP Youth Assembly members to a "pack of dogs," while also calling them "terrorists" during a meeting of the Parliamentary Human Rights Inquiry Commission. The deputy's remarks were slammed by the HDP, with its lawmakers leaving the meeting and urging MHP deputy Metin Sazak to resign.
PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers have requested to meet their client on İmralı Island, where he has been serving a life sentence for over 20 years. The lawyers have been filing numerous applications to visit Öcalan, but no response have been given to them.
A MHP deputy attended the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the White House on Nov. 13. Another MHP deputy was also among the delegation, in an unexpected move. Three Republican senators were present in the meeting upon Trump's invitation.