Turkey's former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has said that a group of 15 to 20 university students would govern the country better. He also said that the lack of freedoms is the biggest problem in Turkey. "If I were to list Turkey's problems, I would put the lack of freedoms, especially the freedom of expression, on top. When people can't talk and say, 'There are problems,' you can't begin finding solutions to them," he said.
Abdullah Öcalan and two other PKK-member inmates on İmralı Island were allowed to meet with their family members in prison on March 3 -- in a first since Aug. 12, 2019. Lawyers afterwards issued a statement saying that authorities had eased their de facto visitation ban after family members and the Kurdish public became worried about the convicts' health situation over reports of a recent fire that erupted on the island.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his plans to go to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kılıçdaroğlu said that Erdoğan should ask Putin four questions, with the first one being the reason for why Turkish soldiers were hit "despite their locations being known by Russians."
The opposition's secret candidate for the 2023 presidential election is Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş of the Republican People's Party (CHP), a member of parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) claimed.
President Tayyip Erdoğan said that he had asked President Vladimir Putin for Russia to step aside in Syria and leave Turkey to deal with Syrian government forces alone, after an attack on Feb. 27 killed 36 Turkish soldiers. He added that Turkey does not currently intend to leave Syria.
The AKP, CHP, MHP and İYİ Party have issued a joint declaration condemning the attack that killed 33 Turkish soldiers on Feb. 27 in Syria's Idlib. The HDP was the only party in the Parliament that did not sign the declaration, saying that it does not find it right to sign it together with the ruling alliance of AKP and MHP, which it said has "the full political responsibility."
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has released a message from the prison over the death of 33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib, saying: “Let us not shout battle cries, but raise our voice for peace.”
AKP co-founder Bülent Arınç has commented on prosecutors' showing civic activist Osman Kavala's alleged phone calls with U.S. academic Henri Barkey as evidence against the philanthropist in the coup investigation. Arınç said Barkey played an important role in the the foundation of the AKP and Kavala's contact with him should not be considered as a "crime."
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that the PKK is a women's organization, adding that the ratio of women in PKK's all acts until today is 56 percent. "So women took place in these acts more than men," Soylu told state-run Anadolu Agency on Feb. 27, adding that the group did this to get support from the West.
President Erdoğan has signaled that HDP officials can face further investigations "anytime" soon, after authorities on Feb. 25 issued warrants for the detention of 15 people as part of a probe into the annual congress of the party. “Their [HDP's] judiciary process will [as of now] function very intensively; new [investigation] files might come anytime," Erdoğan said.
CHP U.S. Representative Yurter Özcan visited the area that the controversial Türken Foundation is constructing a student dormitory, saying that the area is New York's most expensive district. "We have revealed the construction plan of this dormitory. The first two floors will be hired to restaurants and shops. So the Türken Foundation will make major gain from them as well," Özcan says in a video he shared on Twitter on Feb. 25.
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into the fourth ordinary congress of the Kurdish-issue focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over the display of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan's pictures in a slideshow. "Detention warrants were issued for 15 people who were determined to have prepared the slideshow in question," the office said, adding that 14 people were detained.
KONDA General Manager Bekir Ağırdır has said that support for the AKP is in its lowest level in 17 years. "If elections were held this weekend, the AKP would receive the lowest support in its 17 years in government," Ağırdır told Duvar English. He also said that he thinks elections will be held earlier than it's scheduled. "As soon as the MHP withdraws its support, there will be snap polls," he said.
Iconic member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Leila Khaled said at the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) congress that the Palestinian people and the Kurdish people are members of the same struggle. "Our people have embraced your party, our people are elevating the party. We struggle together against Zionism, against imperialism and bigotry," said Khaled Feb. 23.
The HDP has renewed 80 percent of its party assembly during its fourth congress in the capital Ankara on Feb. 23. The reshuffle stemmed from the party's strict two-term rule, which led to former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been in jail since Nov. 4, 2016 to be left out as well. The new party assembly also included 12 lawmakers, including Meral Danış Beştaş, Garo Paylan, Feleknas Uca and Filiz Kerestecioğlu.