Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate has set up a new department to tackle "misperception operations" against Turkey. Countering "psychological campaigns, propaganda and misperception operations against Turkey" after determining them were listed among the department's duties.
The Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor's Office has drafted an extradition request and red notice for former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Osman Baydemir. Baydemir, who was the mayor of Diyarbakır between 2004 and 2014, is currently living in the U.K., prosecutors said in their application to the Justice Ministry.
Turkey's Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Sept. 17 that former CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu's right to stand for election and engage in political activities as well as his right to freedom and security had been violated. The ruling concerns Berberoğlu's continued imprisonment despite his re-election as a member of parliament on June 24, 2018.
President Erdoğan has said that a system which he defined as the "Turkey model” will lay the foundations of the country’s 2053 vision. "You cannot find anywhere else such a genuine democracy, a fair development objective, a long-established ideal of right and justice which are built on the concept of human values. Hopefully we will build our 2053 vision on such a model," he said.
If parliamentary elections were held today in Turkey, ultranationalist MHP would receive 6.5 percent of the votes, a recent survey revealed. The MHP serve as alliance partner to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who polled at 37.2, indicating that more than half of the respondents favored parties outside the ruling coalition or were undecided.
Management of Turkey's seismic search vessel Oruç Reis was signed to a close friend of former PM Binali Yıldırım, daily BirGün reported. While the tender was worth nearly $5 million, the private company will operate the vessel for the next two years.
Erdoğan ally calls for closure of top medial association for protesting increasing COVID-19 infections
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the closure of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) after the organization has this week launched a series of protest events, accusing the government of mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of Bahçeli's remarks, messages of support poured in from Twitter users for the TTB, with the hashtag campaign of "#İyikiTTBvar" (which translates as "So glad we have TTB") going viral.
A member of Turkey's Constitutional Court has criticized Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for targeting court head Zühtü Arslan. "The judges are independent. They issue rulings in accordance with the Constitution and the law. The legislative and executive bodies need to abide by court rulings and these bodies can never change them or delay their implementation," court member Engin Yıldırım said on Twitter.
Davutoğlu says he is open for dialogue with Demirtaş following his call for unity among opposition parties
Opposition politicians have continued to respond to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's remarks on unity among the opposition, with Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu leaving the door open for dialogue. "In principle, I find it appropriate to talk to anyone who believes in democracy and who distanced themselves from terror for the future of this country," Davutoğlu told daily Sözcü on Sept. 15.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has reportedly been working on an online voting system as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Hürriyet, the AKP seeks to add an article that allows all parties to hold online congresses ahead of elections.
Turkish Education Ministry has urged its personnel to attend a symposium on Hagia Sophia organized by the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and scheduled to be held in Istanbul on Sept. 30 upon the religious body's request. The ministry sent a notice to all provincial and district directorates to ensure attendance.
Former Ağrı mayor receives five years in jail for press statement issued within governor’s knowledge
Former Ağrı Mayor Sırrı Sakık has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison over terrorism charges. The case against Sakık concerns a press statement he issued in 2015 for the resumed clashes between the PKK and Turkish military to come to an end. The prison sentence was handed down despite then Ağrı Governor Musa Işın's testimony that he had given his approval to the press statement in question.
Turkish Interior Minister targets Constitutional Court President after top court permits intercity marches
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has targeted Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan over the top court's decision to cancel a provision in the Law on Demonstrations and Public Meetings (Law 2911) which did not allow inter-city demonstrations and marches.
Perinçek’s Patriotic Party expels one of its prominent figures for opposing party’s pro-Erdoğan stance
The Patriotic Party led by Doğu Perinçek has expelled one of its prominent figures for opposing the party's stance on siding with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Çiçek's criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and pro-government businessman Ethem Sancak were listed among the reasons for expulsion.
Over 36,000 people were probed in one year over "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Justice Ministry statistics showed. Out of the 36,066 people probed, 12,298 were tried and 3,381 were given sentences. Before Erdoğan's term, the highest number of people being sentenced over "insulting" a president was 44.