The party membership of former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was dropped over his ongoing ban from politics, daily Birgün reported. Demirtaş, who has been in jail for over three years, is no longer a member of the HDP due to a case that he was charged with "making propaganda of a terrorist organization." The judgement was later reversed, but his party membership had already been dropped by then, the daily said.
Six deputies of the ruling AKP have filed criminal complaints against former army chief İlker Başbuğ and former CHP deputy Dursun Çiçek, saying that the latter had accused them of being the "political leg" of the Gülen movement. The move came after Erdoğan urged AKP lawmakers to sue Başbuğ over his remarks that Gülenists had played a significant role in drafting a 2009 bill which opened the way for civilian courts to try military personnel.
Right-wing opposition Good Party deputy Lütfü Türkkan compared the watchmen officers that have risen in number in recent years to Nazis. "The members of political combat organization of the National Socialists in Hitler's Germany, known for their bad reputation due to their heavy-handedness and for the fights they caused in the streets, wore brown uniforms. Now we see that the ruling AKP has adapted these brown uniforms very nicely to the present day,” Türkkan said.
The deadly avalanche that buried rescue workers under snow was reportedly caused by Presidential Adviser and former AKP lawmaker Gülşen Orhan's insistence on using a road that was advised not to be used due to an avalanche warning via ordering the snow to be removed with snow plough vehicles, paving way for the loud noise caused by vehicles to trigger an avalanche.
According to a survey carried out by the CHP, some 40 percent of President Erdoğan's voters think that changes are needed in the country's presidential system. The ratio of those saying that the system must change is higher among voters of the MHP, the AKP's staunch ally, with 54 percent. The survey comes as the CHP prepares for a congress, where it will give the message that it's ready to become the ruling party.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's approval rate has dropped to the lowest it's been since October 2018, revealed "Turkey's Pulse 2020" survey by Metropoll research company. His approval rate rose as high as 48 percent during Ankara's Operation Peace Spring into Northern Syria in October 2019.
Main opposition CHP has officially announced its decision to boycott CNN Türk due to its biased coverage against the party. CHP deputy chair Özkan said CNN Türk has been "functioning as if it is the advertising agency" of the ruling AKP, calling on the TV channel to adopt "independent and objective" principles of journalism.
The ruling AKP's spokesman Ömer Çelik has signaled a lawsuit against former army chief İlker Başbuğ over his comments accusing the politicians who paved the way for civilian courts to try military personnel in 2009 of being Gülenists.
Former ministers involved in a corruption scandal should be tried, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. "If there are certain allegations, public conscience would be relieved when they are acquitted," Davutoğlu said on Feb. 4. "I thought that the most appropriate way would be to be acquitted in the Grand Chamber. I still think that way. We had a difference in opinion [with Erdoğan] here," he also said.
Future Party chair Ahmet Davutoğlu met with Christian Berger, the head of EU Delegation to Turkey, and ambassadors of EU countries in Ankara. Davutoğlu shared his views about foreign and domestic politics as well as the EU-Turkey relations during the meeting.
Özgür Özel, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said at a provincial board meeting that “[early] elections will settle the scores of the injury that April 16 inflicted on the presidency and the democratic parliamentary system," referring to the 2017 presidential system referendum. The pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party (HDP) also said that they support early elections.
Four bus drivers in Vienna were laid off after getting caught signing the nationalist gesture "Grey Wolf" on surveillance footage. The sign, often associated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was banned by Austrian legislature in 2018 as part of an effort to "combat extremism."
The European Parliament's 16th International Conference on "The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds" will focus on Turkey's military operations in northern Syria, the migration crisis and the effect of these crises on the Kurds. Patrons of the conference include South African Archbishop Desmund Tutu, human rights activist Bianca Jagger and linguist and philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky.
Amid years of intense pressure and persecution from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) is preparing to host their 4th extraordinary party congress on Feb. 23. “All of our organizations are quite clearly united in the idea of being a party of Turkey and doing Turkey-oriented politics. Rather than being squeezed in the geography of Kurdistan, on the contrary, we want to organize everywhere in Turkey and confront problems everywhere in Turkey," says HDP group deputy chairman Saruhan Oluç.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who has been a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling AKP, has said that it's impossible for his party to back motions submitted to parliament by the main opposition CHP regardless of their content, as he commented on a recent motion that was submitted in order for Elazığ, which was hit by a deadly 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 24, to be declared a disaster area.