Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) leader Ali Babacan has criticized heavy taxes on alcoholic beverages, saying that it leads to smuggling. They are being sold to one third of the prices here in our neighboring countries. The fact that the taxes are high leads to smuggling," Babacan said when asked about increases in private consumption tax (ÖTV).
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has said that the multiple bar system will yield similar damages as the presidential system. "Previously, a presidential system was integrated to the country and the harms of a one-man regime is seen. The Turkish-type multiple bar model was brought to the country's agenda. It's utterly dangerous to impose a system that will lead to problems," the party said.
The ruling AKP's nominee Mustafa Şentop was reelected as parliament speaker on July 7. Şentop's re-election did not come as a surprise as the AKP and its ally MHP hold a parliamentary majority.
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has responded to three separate parliamentary inquiries submitted by a HDP deputy with a single link. The inquiries sought to find out why Turkish banks are not giving credit to and opening accounts for citizens dismissed from their state jobs by statutory decrees (KHK).
CHP leader slams MÜSİAD for hosting factory owner after deadly blast, says ‘You’re feeding on human flesh’
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed Turkey's Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) for hosting the owner of a factory a day after seven workers were killed in a blast. "MÜSİAD head and the factory's owner met at a dinner even before the burials and shared pictures of it on social media. You're feeding on human flesh," he said.
A Turkish court has released President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's two former aides who are accused of being involved in the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. Mete Semercioğlu and Erkan Kıvrak were released in the hearing on July 3 despite a prosecutor seeking over 20 years in prison for each.
A group of lawyers last week made a trademark application for the name “Ankara Right and Justice Bar,” although the legislation allowing decentralization of bar associations has not yet been voted on in Turkey's parliament. A main opposition CHP MP slammed this move, saying the “division” of Ankara Bar Association has already started.
Ankara court rejects former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s appeal for release despite Constitutional Court’s ruling
The Ankara 19th Heavy Penal Court has rejected a request for release filed by former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş. The Ankara court said that the Constitutional Court’s call for Demirtaş's release in June pertains to a separate investigation against the politician.
AKP can’t complain about ‘immoral’ social media sites when it is running troll mobs, says ex-ally Davutoğlu
Former Turkish prime minister and Future Party founder Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused the ruling AKP of being hypocritical for its planned crackdown on social media on the grounds of "immorality," saying that the AKP itself is responsible for unethical behavior by organizing Twitter troll accounts to target dissidents.
Erdoğan's staunch ally MHP leader Bahçeli has become angered with opposition leaders' exchanging humorous posts on Twitter referencing Netflix after Erdoğan threatened to shut down “YouTube, Twitter and Netflix” last week. Bahçeli referred to the opposition as “abasement alliance” (“zillet ittifakı” in Turkish) -- a term used by Erdoğan in several occasions during the election periods.
The Turkish parliament's Justice Commission passed a controversial bill early on July 6 that would allow decentralization of bar associations amid intense criticism. The draft bill is set to be voted in parliament on July 9 and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is planning to take it to the Constitutional Court for annulment if the articles on decentralizing bars are approved.
Turkey's Homeland Party (Vatan Party) leader Doğu Perinçek said that he supported the president's recent push in favor of social media restrictions. Perinçek added that the government should be a dictatorship against "freedoms for corruption, decay, vulgarity and debauchery."
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener's application concerning her expulsion from the MHP back in 2016, saying that it did not have the authority to rule on this subject matter.
Two officials from Turkey's Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) wrestled outside of public Vakıfbank's regional headquarters to protest the assignment of a former wrestler to the board of the institution. Former wrestler Hamza Yerlikaya left his post as advisor to President Erdoğan to join the board.
A prosecutor has deemed sending regards to former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş as a proof of "terrorist organization membership." "Send my regards to Selahattin and other friends," Arslan told a lawyer set to visit Demirtaş and other former HDP deputies Abdullah Zeydan and Sebahat Tuncel in prison.