Leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have dismissed a proposal by party co-founder and former minister Faruk Çelik that Turkey's president should be elected with a margin of over 40 percent, rather than the current vote threshold of over 50 percent. According to recent polls, the AKP's voter support has fallen to around 40 percent.
Turkey's parliament, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) ushered in its new legislative year on Oct. 1 following a 2.5 month recess. The main issue on the agenda is the government's much-discussed judicial reform package.
The left-wing, pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Sezai Temelli referred to Turkey's presidential system as a crisis. Temelli drew attention to the fact that the Turkish economy has receded by 30 percent in the past five year, and that per capita GDP has dropped from $12,000 to $8000.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu characterized his recent election victory as a warning from the people, in a recent interview with the French magazine L'Express.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, in New York where he attends the UN General Assembly, said there were people eating pork in Turkey but they have not interfered with them and that they will not.
The leader of the main opposition party in Turkey's parliament alleged to promise former President Abdullah Gül to nominate him as a presidential candidate in the 2023 election, according to a pro-government journalist.
After resigning from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will officially establish a new political party in November.
AKP founding member Cuma İçten resigns from party, says a rebellion is coming, cites failures in justice, economy, education, cultural values and counter terrorism.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have voiced demands for what they believe must be included in the government's judicial reform package.
U.S. Istanbul consulate employee Topuz will remain in detention until his next hearing in December as his trial on espionage charges continues.
Former head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission, Ayhan Sefer Üstün said he was being expelled because he pointed out to the 'parallel structures' within the party
Former deputy PM Ali Babacan, who was in the driving seat of the Turkish economy for 13 years, announced his intentions to form a new political party. Babacan said that President Erdoğan's Justice and Developmet Party (AKP) had strayed from its founding principles, is no longer working for the good of the country.
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sept. 13 with three other members of the party. Davutoğlu was referred to the Central Disciplinary Board of the party demanding his expulsion. Davutoğlu, as a former leader of the party, said he was resigning to prevent the situation where the leader of the party was expelled.
Opposition Good Party (İP) leader Meral Akşener claimed that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will not be able to emerge victorious in the 2023 presidential elections. She also argued the presidential system that went into effect with the elections last year no longer functions. The system has come to a deadlock,” Akşener said.