Aegean Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ali Sivri's aide was detained over his suspected links to the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, which is the group widely believed to have carried out the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. Aide F.Ö. is accused of having links to one of the Gülenist "imams," identified only as L.Ç.
Turkish opposition parties have said that they would be willing to hold early elections, as they commented on the months-long rumors on snap polls that intensified following MHP leader Bahçeli's "urgent" call to amend political parties law for the continuation of the presidential system, although the main motive is to complicate new parties' efforts of running in elections. They also expect elections to be held in 2021.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey will soon reveal what "it is doing in Syria and Libya." “What are they saying to us? 'What are you doing in Syria?' 'What are you doing in Idlib?' What are you doing in Libya?' You will very soon understand very well what we are doing here,” Erdoğan said on May 27.
President Erdoğan and MHP leader Bahçeli have stepped out in the public eye for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. The two leaders took a ferry from Istanbul to Democracy and Freedom Island, also known as Yassıada, for an inauguration ceremony.
Erdoğan targets main opposition CHP’s İzmir provincial organization with five fresh ‘insult’ lawsuits
Lawyers for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have sued five officials from the main opposition CHP's İzmir provincial organization for what they describe as "insults" to the president. One of the cases refers to CHP councillor Dila Koyurga's social posts from seven years ago, when she was 17 years old.
Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has claimed that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Pelican group, which is said to be consisting of staunch supporters of Erdoğan who are influential in the pro-government media, in their residence. "The coup that was done against me in the party was carried out by Pelican. I saw that there were acts that were carried out upon orders behind it. Mr. President visited them in their residence," Davutoğlu said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly ordered officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to go out on the streets to listen to people's complaints. "You have to be the most careful ones on wearing masks and abiding by social distancing. You'll describe the normalization process to them and listen to their demands," Erdoğan reportedly told the party members.
Former Chief of General Staff Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı, known for his role in ousting the Welfare (Refah) Party from power 23 years ago, died at age 88 in Istanbul on May 26. Karadayı was the Chief of General Staff when military leadership issued a memorandum against the government of Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan on Feb. 28, 1997.
A municipal council member from the AKP has shot the car of a councilor from the CHP in the Kargı district of the northern province of Çorum. "I barely survived," Sonay Ergül said, adding that he managed to escape from the scene of the armed attack, but was caught again to be thrown rocks at.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) held an online meeting with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recently-founded offshoots of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Islamist Felicity Party (Saadet). Meeting in the context of Eid al-Fitr greetings, the deputies noted that the Turkish opposition must unite to establish a political environment with less polarization and more freedoms.
DEVA leader Ali Babacan has claimed that AKP officials are in a race for gaining personal financial benefits. "The AKP is destroying what it built with its own hands. The reputation and the economy of the country is in ruins. The number of competent people have decreased in the ruling party. Decisions are being adopted without consultations and inside a family," he said.
Turkish army on duty with selfless personnel, defense minister says in apparent reference to resigned admiral
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continues its duties with "selfless personnel," in an apparent reference to the resignation of Chief of Staff of the Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı. "The army is on duty in line with our President's orders. No one should doubt that," Akar said.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for "urgent" reforms in the law on political parties for the continuation of the presidential system. "When the recent developments are taken into account, it's understood that these reforms need to be issued urgently. It can be brought to parliament's agenda when it opens following the coronavirus pandemic," Bahçeli said.
Politicians have exchanged Eid al-Fitr celebrations through video conferences amid a tense political environment in Turkey. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said it won't exchange greetings with the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Future Party and the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA). A similar stance was adopted by its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which won't talk to İYİ (Good) Party in addition to the aforementioned three.
Main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed President Erdoğan for accusing the CHP of “rejoicing” at the broadcasting of the Italian protest song "Bella Ciao" from the minarets of İzmir mosques. Kılıçdaroğlu said that “Worship places are holy” and the CHP does not accept anything being broadcast from mosques other than the calls to prayer and national anthem.