An Istanbul court has blocked access to news reports on Finance Minister Berat Albayrak's land purchase on the route of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project, including that of Gazete Duvar.
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) executive board has referred three of its members to the disciplinary committee with an expulsion demand after they appeared on CNN Türk and A Haber despite a boycott decision.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has claimed that a minister currently in the cabinet suggested accusing him of having links to Gülenists. "Did this minister say, 'Accuse İmamoğlu of having ties to FETÖ or corruption. Our aim is to end them'? Does Erdoğan know about this plot? Was it done with his approval or does he not know about it?" İmamoğlu said, as the debate over Gülenists' political leg continues to top Turkey's agenda.
Turkey's former prime minister and founder of the Future Party Ahmet Davutoğlu said that he wouldn't negotiate with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) even though he accepts the existence of a "Kurdish issue" as an academic. "If HDP distances itself from terrorism, they'll receive the treatment any other party would from us," Davutoğlu said during a broadcast on the independent news site Medyascope.
As of January 2020, Vice President Fuat Oktay has declined to deliver parliamentary questions to the ministries, telling deputies to do it themselves. Following Turkey's transformation into an executive presidential system submitting a parliamentary question has been the only means that deputies have of inspecting and receiving information from the government.
Main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu has accused President Erdoğan of paving the way for the Gülen network to infiltrate into the judiciary, military, police forces and interior ministry. "The name of the person who handed over the state to the FETÖ is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Canan Kaftancıoğlu has been re-elected as the Istanbul provincial chair of the main opposition CHP. Kaftancıoğlu was the only person who put forward her candidacy for the position, which was criticized by some party delegates, who found the process as “undemocratic.”
Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mübariz Mansimov Gurbanoğlu is under investigation over suspected links to the Gülen network. Gurbanoğlu is known to have struck various deals with companies owned by the family of President Erdoğan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling AKP has lost over 15,000 members within 50 days, compounding its difficulties after two founding members broke ranks to set up rival parties. As of Feb. 4, the membership of the party stands at 10.19 million members.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described social media as a "garbage dump," saying that it became a rampant environment in terms of increasing and varying cyber-bullying. "We will never surrender to this virtual world that people's rights are violated and that they are harassed, deceived, lynched, insulted," Erdoğan said, as he urged ministries to conclude their efforts on the issue rapidly.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was revealed to be the only potential candidate who could win against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a potential presidential election, a survey by Bahçeşehir University's Social Research Center revealed.
Turkey's opposition parties have criticized a proposed bill that seeks alternative funding for the country's megaprojects, asserting that the legislation is an attempt by a cash-strapped government to get the public to pay for its ambitious projects. The bill would enable citizens and companies to purchase securities in order to finance long-term infrastructure projects such as the controversial Kanal Istanbul megaproject.
Turkey's former First Lady Hayrunnisa Gül will reportedly be among the founders of the party that will be founded by former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan this month. "Ms. Hayrunnisa attaches great importance to our party, just like Mr. Abdullah. It was decided for her to be among the founders," a source working with Babacan told daily Yeniçağ.
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.