The main opposition CHP's proposal calling for the government to postpone university and highschool entrance exams has been rejected by the votes of the AKP and MHP lawmakers. The proposal came after the government last month decided to move up the dates of the nationwide exams.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has warned municipality personnel against engaging in public political arguments on social media platforms. “In their posts and in the images they use, they should refrain from including expressions, symbols, emblems, and other open references to affiliation with a political party," Yavaş said in his directive.
Justice Ministry receives proposals seeking to lift immunity of CHP MPs over row with Erdoğan’s aide
Ankara prosecutors have submitted to the Justice Ministry summary of proceedings seeking to have legislative immunity lifted for two main opposition CHP lawmakers for their remarks criticizing Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's controversial construction in Istanbul. If the CHP lawmakers' parliamentary immunity is lifted, then the legal proceedings will go through and the opposition lawmakers will face charges of “insulting a public officer.”
Turkish main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu shared a video on social media to commemorate the seventh anniversary of Turkey's historic Gezi protests of 2013. The CHP leader read a poem by Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet to show solidarity with the protests, which started off with an environmental message but quickly became an anti-government movement.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş released a message on the seventh year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests, saying: “Gezi Resistance is not over, is continuing and we will definitely win it.”
Erdoğan slams description of Istanbul’s conquest as ‘occupation’ a week after minister calls it as such
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed those deeming Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire "an occupation," a week after Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy called it as such. "In the recent days, some ignorant people are attempting to describe it as occupation," Erdoğan said a week after Ersoy called it an occupation.
Turkish daily forced to publish 3 disclaimers over report on presidential aide’s controversial construction
Turkish daily Cumhuriyet was forced to publish three disclaimers over a report on Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's controversial construction. It published three "reply and correction" disclaimers on its front page over its report that the Istanbul Municipality demolished a pergola and fireplace which were "illegally" constructed on a plot rented by Altun overlooking the Bosphorus in the Kuzguncuk district.
AKP officials believe that DEVA leader Ali Babacan aims to make former president Abdullah Gül a presidential candidate. An AKP official also claimed that the new parties will form a right-wing alliance with İYİ (Good) Party and the Felicity Party to ensure that there's a second round, which would be the third alliance in the Turkish political scene.
Nergis Demirkaya reports: There is concern in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ranks that banning of parliamentary transfers between parties would effectively undermine rather than serve the party. Some unnerved members of the ruling party fear that such a move might lead to a similar outcome like last year's mayoral elections in Istanbul which brought defeat to the AKP.
The Turkish police on May 28 raided the pro-Kurdish HDP's Batman office and detained the provincial co-chairs Ömer Kulpu and Fatma Ablay. The raid lasted about two hours with the police forces blockading the area.
Daily Cumhuriyet has exposed former AKP deputy Burhan Kuzu's ties with another mafia boss named Güniz Akkuş. The daily reported that Akkuş had visited Kuzu in his office at the parliament when he was a lawmaker and the two had "inside jokes."
If parliamentary elections were held today in Turkey, just four political parties would exceed the 10 percent election threshold, according to a recent survey. The study put support at 34.49 percent for the ruling AKP, 30.65 percent for the main opposition CHP, 10.37 percent for the HDP, 10.25 percent for the İYİ Party and 8.15 percent for the MHP.
CHP calls on gov’t to reveal 2015 intel report said to have urged for dismissal of key Gülenist general
After former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced that former Major Gen. Mehmet Dişli was kept on duty despite an intelligence report urging for the Gülenist general's dismissal, main opposition CHP called on the gov't the reveal the content of the relevant report. CHP Deputy Chair Özgür Özel said that the 2015-dated report is important in terms of enlightening the process leading to the failed coup attempt of July 2016.
HDP deputy leader Alican Önlü said that the party will launch "an all out struggle against fascism," adding that it's need in the face of "all out attacks." He noted that the HDP has been carrying out discussions for a long time on how to stop fascism and construct the new era.
Former minister Yaşar Okuyan has accused MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli of being a MİT agent, as he cited MHP founder Alparslan Türkeş's letter on the issue as proof. "I have a handwritten letter from Türkeş. Those who are willing can check it and see that Türkeş wrote, 'Devlet Bahçeli is a MİT agent,'" Okuyan said in an interview.