Historical Traffic Search (HTS) recordings indicate that former Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Burhan Kuzu spoke on the phone and exchanged messages numerous times with the notorious Iranian drug lord Naji Sharifi Zindashti, according to a report in the daily Cumhuriyet. The recordings were included in an ongoing investigation launched against Kuzu last month regarding the release of the infamous Zindashti.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan launched his long-awaited Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) in a ceremony that was marked by emphasis on freedoms in Turkey. "It breaks our hearts to see that our country keeps losing ground in all areas. The people are worried about their future. The people of this country have been saddened and hurt over the past few years. Everything was taken away from them, but they showed patience," Babacan said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his former allies, Abdullah Gül and Ahmet Davutoğlu, on March 10 attended the funeral ceremony of former Justice Minister Şevket Kazan in the capital Ankara.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has formed a committee to work on the formation of a "democracy alliance," a concept that was brought up in the fourth national congress Feb. 23. "There are many left, democratic and socialist forces outside of the HDP," said Emin Orhan, co-representative for the newly formed committee.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party, which will reportedly be called the Democracy and Progress Party, with its abbreviation “DEVA” meaning “remedy” in Turkish. There are 90 individuals on the list of the founders, with 27 women and 16 fresh faces. There are also experienced politicians and former ministers who worked with Babacan in the past.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed an application to found his long-awaited political party, which will reportedly be called the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), on March 9. "There is a powerful need to create a more prosperous and livable Turkey and this is not possible with the current political order," Babacan said, stressing the importance of democracy, rule of law and human rights.
AKP officials ‘unhappy with being in defense’ following decision to hold weekly meetings after opposition
AKP officials are reportedly unhappy with the decision to hold weekly meetings a day after opposition parties, especially the main opposition CHP, saying that it puts the party in a "defensive position." According to daily Cumnhuriyet, the officials said that the meetings can be held on the same day with the opposition, since "Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks can be responded to on the same day."
Marmara province Yalova's town council elected a councilor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to replace the elected mayor from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Mayor Vefa Salman was dismissed from his post within the scope of a corruption lawsuit he initiated after he reported an accountant employee's embezzlement of over one million Turkish Lira.
The Turkish Parliament has received 55 new summaries of proceedings against 28 opposition lawmakers from the CHP, HDP and DBP. If the Parliament votes to strip the deputies of their immunity from prosecution, they will be tried by Turkish courts.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) seeks to strip main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Engin Özkoç after branding his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as insults. An investigation was launched into the lawmaker, which was followed by the submission of a motion to lift his parliamentary immunity.
Only 30.7 percent of Turks see the Turkish military presence in Syria's Idlib as a "necessity," according to recent survey. Asked if the presence of Turkish military in Idlib is a “necessity,” 30.7 percent of the survey participants said “Yes,” while 48.8 percent said “No” and 20.5 percent chose the option of “I do not have an opinion/No answer.”
Kurds are the key to a solution in the Middle East, namely Syria, said founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan on March 4 in what was the first meeting he's had with his brother in eight months. "There's a two-legged table in Turkey. You have to be the other leg, the table won't tip over if it has three legs," Öcalan reportedly told his brother.
Cihangir İslam, a deputy of the Islamist Felicity Party, has resigned from his party, increasing the number of independent legislators in the Turkish parliament to seven.
A fistfight erupted between the ruling AKP and main opposition CHP deputies in the parliament on March 4 during a speech by CHP MP Engin Özkoç who earlier called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “dishonorable, ignoble and traitor.” Özkoç had slammed Erdoğan during a pres conference for previously referring to a killed Turkish soldier as a "head" ("kelle" in Turkish).
President Erdoğan has responded to criticism on laughing during a speech he made on the deaths of over 30 Turkish soldiers, saying that it constitutes "a diabolic campaign." During his meeting with a group of Istanbul lawmakers of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the footage of his speech was screened. "The whole conversation was ironic," Erdoğan said.