Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's guard chief Koray Aslan was forced to retire over "a lack of cadres." Aslan is known with his efforts to save Kılıçdaroğlu from a lynching attempt in the Çubuk district of the capital Ankara in April 2019.
A foundation close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be closing down 25 of its dormitories due to financial struggles, daily Birgün reported on June 8. "We will use our resources to the 21 dormitories we will maintain and to our education services that will continue to diversify and expand," TÜRGEV said.
Low-level bureaucrats’ appointments by president harmed hierarchy within state: High-level gov’t officials
The appointments of low-level bureaucrats by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harmed the hierarchical structure within the state, high-level ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have told Duvar. "There are general managers who don't comply with what ministers tell them. They say, 'Both of us were appointed by the president.' Is this acceptable?" one official said.
Main opposition CHP MP Enis Berberoğu, who was stripped of his parliamentary status on June 4, has been temporarily released from prison and will remain under house arrest until the end of July as part of coronavirus measures.
AKP group deputy chair Mehmet Muş has said that the party is "clarifying" the issues related to the planned transfer of the main opposition CHP's stakes in Turkey’s largest listed lender İşbank. "We are clarifying the question marks. Await news from us,” Muş told journalists on June 5.
‘A new period in politics is beginning,’ AKP says after jailing of politicians stripped of MP status
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have said that a new period is beginning in Turkish politics following the jailing of three opposition politicians, whose parliamentary statuses were stripped on June 4, adding that the day is a "milestone." While the move was met with surprise among the opposition ranks, the AKP knew about it for a week, government sources told Duvar.
Deputies from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were battered by police during a protest that they carried out against the imprisonment of three lawmakers, whose parliamentary statuses were stripped. The deputies were met with heavy riot police presence in Ankara's Güvenpark and their banners were also ripped apart by police.
The Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) has speeded up its efforts of mobilization as Turkey entered the normalization process following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DEVA's founding members have set up 18 commissions which will be tasked with the establishment of party organizations in all of Turkey's 81 provinces.
Turkish authorities early on June 5 arrested three opposition deputies after they were stripped of their parliamentary status. The legislators are Enis Berberoğlu of the main opposition CHP who went on trial on espionage charges and Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları of the pro-Kurdish HDP who were convicted of terrorism charges.
Atilla Kart, lawyer and former MP of the main opposition CHP, has said that the expulsion of three opposition deputies from the parliament is "unconstitutional," as the process of lifting their legal immunity had not been renewed following their re-election on June 24, 2018.
HDP lawmakers Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları and main opposition CHP Enis Berberoğulları were stripped of their statuses as members of parliament on June 4. Deputies chanted slogans against fascism and the ruling AKP. They also slammed the party for being "putschists."
Turkey's right-wing political party leaders Ali Babacan, Meral Akşener and Ahmet Davutoğlu have commemorated communist poet Nazım Hikmet on the 57th anniversary of his death. Hikmet is usually commemorated by leftists in Turkey and the commemoration tweets of right-wing leaders prompted surprise.
Ten new political parties were founded in Turkey in the past five months, increasing the total number to 91. Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), which was founded by former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, is among the said parties. Former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu founded his Future Party earlier than the said time period, in late 2019.
A recent survey by private pollster AREA Research revealed Turkey's opposition İYİ Party coming in third in a potential election, following the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition CHP. The AKP's coalition partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ranked fifth, following pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
Convicted mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı has visited MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli at the MHP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Çakıcı was released from jail in April as part of an amnesty law drafted by the ruling AKP and its ally MHP.