KRG President Barzani has said that the presence of the PKK in the region is "not legitimate.” Barzani made the comments on April 20 in response to the PKK's call for the withdrawal of the KRG-affiliated Peshmerga from Zini Warte, a region of Erbil.
The Adana Provincial Health Directorate has sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) off over "not being sanitary." According to the directorate, a license application was not filed by the municipality before its construction.
Prosecutors seek 2 years for journalist over report on Albayrak’s land ownership on Kanal Istanbul route
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to two years in jail for a Cumhuriyet journalist who had reported that Finance Minister Berat Albayrak purchased a land on the route of the Kanal Istanbul project in 2012 — a year after Erdoğan announced plans for its construction.
Mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı has thanked MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who is a close friend of his, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a bill that paved the way for his release. He also called on the newly-released prisoners to act responsibly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Interior ministry launches probe into Istanbul Mayor over collection of donations against coronavirus
The Interior Ministry has launched a probe into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over the municipality's donation campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to İmamoğlu, the block on the donations has been ongoing. "If you see a wrong procedure, you can launch an investigation into the Istanbul Mayor, but you can't block the citizens' donations," he said.
Notorious mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı, whose ties to the deep state and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are known, was released from prison on April 16 as part of a bill that allows some 90,000 convicts and arrestees to be freed in a bid to ease overcrowding in jails in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Journalists and political prisoners, however, won't be released since they were excluded from the bill.
Turkey’s parliament on April 15 passed a bill that will see sentences increased by 50 percent for perpetrators targeting healthcare workers on duty. The long-awaited bill was passed as a gesture to medical professionals battling the coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has filed a parliamentary motion requesting an investigation into the sources of money transfers made to the U.S.-based Türken Foundation, known to have close ties to the ruling AKP.
Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that the heads of all the AKP provincial organizations wanted to resign when he quit his role as prime minister in 2016. "This is the first time I'm saying this. All the provincial groups said, 'Allow us to hand our resignations as well.' Selim Temurci, then AKP Istanbul provincial head, said, 'We approved your party leadership nine months ago. All the provincial heads will resign. We stand with you,'" he said.
Former deputy of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Yeneroğlu slammed new legislation in his first speech as a lawmaker of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) of former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. Yeneroglu criticized the legislation that allows the Council of Higher Education (YOK) to lay off academics for "terrorist propaganda."
The parliament has gone into recess for six weeks as part efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The recess comes despite the objection of the main opposition CHP and HDP, which demand greater scrutiny over how the Covid-19 crisis is being handled.
Singer Şükriye Tutkun and art director Yudum Yontan, two neighbors of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun, has come to their defense over reports of his illegal construction in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. They said that the land that the construction was made was a dump where drug addicts were dwelling in, hence finding the construction a positive move for the neighborhood.
Engin Özkoç, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), has said the party will challenge the new prisoner release law in Turkey's top court. The law has been criticized by opposition parties for its exclusion of prisoners who are jailed for their political opinions.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca had a serious argument over the former's short-notice coronavirus curfew announcement, pro-government daily Hürriyet columnist Hande Fırat said on April 14. The ministers reportedly talked on the phone on April 11, a day after Soylu announced that a curfew will be imposed in 31 provinces on the weekend.
Turkey's parliament ratified a bill early on April 14 aimed at reducing the sentences of thousands of prisoners, paving the way for their release amid the coronavirus outbreak. The bill, drafted by the ruling AKP and its ally MHP, was supported by 279 lawmakers in the 600-seat chamber while 51 voted against it.