CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged President Erdoğan to remove Defense Minister Hulusi Akar from duty if a coup is suspected to be underway, as he commented on recent coup speculations. "Who could do a coup? The army could. If a coup is in question, then he should replace Hulusi Akar with someone else and prevent a coup," he said.
A total of 50 bars have released a statement to protest President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's planned shift in the bars' internal election system, saying that the proposed changes are "antidemocratic." "Preparing a draft bill via excluding the lawyers and bars is not just, rightful and appropriate, when they should be the ones consulted on the issue," the statement released on May 10 read.
Tarık Çelenk, an academic from the right-wing political tradition in Turkey, says that the main reason why the Turkish right has not been able to develop a methodology and discipline of its own is because it is dogmatic. "Though rural national bourgeois revolution occurred in Anatolia, the Anatolian tigers behind it never had an intellectual leader to support and promote their ideals," he told Duvar's İslam Özkan.
MHP deputy Cemal Enginyurt has blamed YÖK head Yekta Saraç for the disarray in exam dates. "The person responsible for the 2020 YKS exam dates in YÖK head Yekta Saraç. If you announce the date of the exam in February and make youth prepare in accordance, it creates confusion," he said. Enginyurt also addressed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a tweet, saying, "This YÖK head tricked you."
Kars Mayor and former HDP spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen has said that the HDP has structural problems it needs to solve, as he commented on the resignation of Ahmet Şık from the party. "I think that he carried out productive works with both his identity as a journalist and a politician. I shared my sadness with our friends from the party and with himself," he said, adding that his personal choice is "to stay within the party to struggle and make a change."
A politician who served among the AKP ranks for long years said that the AKP may go to snap polls to prevent further loss of votes, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is aware of the decrease in the level of support. The debate on early elections has been ongoing for months in the country, with the regular parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled to be held in 2023.
Sevda Noyan, an Islamist TV commentator, has said that her family has the "financial and spiritual" means to kill 50 people if a new coup is attempted in Turkey. "Our family has a capability of taking [executing] 50 people. We are very prepared regarding this – both financially and spiritually. We stand by our leader [President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan],” Noyan said during a TV program aired on the pro-government channel Ülke TV.
Two main opposition CHP deputies are facing investigations for criticizing Fahrettin Altun, one of the top aides of President Erdoğan, over an illegal construction carried out on a land rented by the aide in Istanbul's Üsküdar district.
Sedat Peker, a well-known convicted crime boss, has said that Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak is trying to "destroy" him, which he is why he left Turkey and currently lives abroad.
Second probe launched into former AKP MP over trying to prevent release of Iranian drug lord’s enemy
Former AKP deputy Burhan Kuzu faces fresh allegations of pressuring the judiciary, as an investigation was launched into him for trying to prevent the enemy of an Iranian drug lord, for whom Kuzu is already accused of pressuring the judges, from being released. The new probe was launched following the testimony of Orhan Ünğan, Naji Sharifi Zindashti's enemy.
Turkey’s media watchdog penalized a program on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV with a five-time broadcast cancellation and a monetary fine over on-air comments of the main opposition CHP's Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. "In the upcoming period, I see a change of the ruling power with an early election or in another way, even a system change," Kaftancıoğlu had said on Halk TV's "Sözüm Var" program on April 30.
Diyarbakır Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu has chaired a meeting of several AKP officials, including the heads of the party's provincial and district branches as well as women's and youth's branches. The government in August appointed Güzeloğlu as a trustee to the Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, after ousting HDP mayor Selçuk Mızraklı, who was was elected garnering 62,9 percent of the votes during the local elections.
Ahmet Türk, the sacked mayor of the southeastern province of Mardin from pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), sang a Kurdish folk song on an online broadcast, along with main opposition deputy Orhan Sarıbal. Sarıbal said that as long as folk songs live on, so does heritage, and that will eventually lead to the victory of minorities' struggles.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from the main opposition CHP is more successful in managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a poll carried out by Metropoll which aimed to reveal people's perceptions on governance during the pandemic. Yavaş ranked third in the list, surpassing Erdoğan, who came in fourth.
A cyber attack targeting Istanbul Municipality's aid campaign website has disrupted its efforts. "We had to close access to our website because of an attack last night," spokesperson Murat Ongun said in a tweet on May 7. According to Ongun, a total of 41,883 bills were paid, amounting to 5,027,092 Turkish Liras.