President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is planning to stop dissolution in AKP base via targeting former high-level AKP officials Ahmet Davutoğlu and Ali Babacan, Davutoğlu's team said, as the foundation of two new parties nears. "The aim here is to raise question marks in people's heads regarding the new parties to prevent their interest, to stop the dissolution in his base and to remain in power via trying all methods," former prime minister's team has said.
A dispute broke out in parliament on Dec. 5 between deputies of rival political parties amid the rejection of a motion submitted by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) to establish a commission to research the recent targeting of Alevi homes in the province of Izmir. The HDP's motion to establish a commission to investigate the issue was rejected by a majority of parliamentary votes.
AKP deputy Alpay Özalan was attending the opening of a mosque in Cambridge with a delegation from Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, when his name was found among the votes cast in parliament. When Özalan's name was read out loud in parliament, several lawmakers said that he was outside, before parliamentary deputy speaker noticed that he was not present during voting. Following criticism, Özalan said that he didn't know about the incident.
A fresh row has erupted between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu over the status of a land belonging to a private university, as the foundation of a new party by Davutoğlu nears. Upon Erdoğan's remarks that accused Davutoğlu of attempting to defraud Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, the former PM urged the establishment of parliamentary commissions for the investigation of the assets of presidents and prime ministers.
A group of Kurdish political representatives have come together in Diyarbakır and announced the formation of a new united front named "Kurdistani Alliance." “The right to legally engage in politics has been taken away from both our people and our elected officials. This has made it inevitable to create a new medium in our quest to legally engage in political activity and resistance," read a declaration released by the united front on Dec. 6.
Former AKP officials Ahmet Davutoğlu and Ali Babacan will be completing formal procedures to establish their respective political parties before the end of the year. Davutoğlu is expected to release the name and logo of his party soon.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said that the HDP should aim for the government, adding that the party needs to be ready to cooperate and form alliances with all parts of the society within the scope of democratic principles. Criticizing the opposition parties for their "cowardice and inability" in the face of fascism, Demirtaş noted that the antidote to fear is courage put into practice.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Dec. 4 announced that the party placed its amnesty proposal on hold. “I would like to state that as of today, we placed our Sept. 24, 2018-dated proposal on hold for opposition and disagreeableness not to take place under the roof of the People's Alliance and for the issue not to be exploited,” Bahçeli said in a written statement.
A delegation from the main opposition CHP on Dec. 3 visited former HDP co-chair Demirtaş in jail, a day after he was sent to hospital for medical examinations. CHP deputy Ağbaba said Demirtaş had told the delegation that the Justice Ministry's negligence had caused the delay in transfer to the hospital and that if he were to die, the "ones who put him in jail were to blame."
Daily Sözcü journalist Saygı Özyürk has said that a so-called representative of the Menzil group is employed by Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), adding that the cult is a significant power within the state. One of the leaders of the group claimed to have close relations with state officials and ministers, the journalist also said.
Deputies from the ruling AKP and its ally MHP have thanked Erdoğan for vetoing a bill which they themselves approved in parliament in November. The bill had sought to postpone the installation of filters to thermal power plants for another two-and-a-half years.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu was favored more than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a recent poll about a potential presidential election. "If a general election was held today," 31.9 percent said they would vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) while 24.7 percent would vote for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was taken to hospital on Dec. 2, nearly a week after losing consciousness due to chest tightness and inability to breathe. Demirtaş was taken for a check-up just hours after Aygül Demirtaş, his sister and one of his lawyers, complained on social media about the delay. Aygül Demirtaş later announced on Twitter that Demirtaş' test results did not show any "life-threatening conditions."
As the foundation of two new parties led by former AKP figures Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoğlu nears, the AKP has been working on determining whether the party will lose its votes to the new ones. While the effect of the new parties are evaluated to be limited, it was observed that the AKP has been losing votes to the MHP, which was also the case in the previous elections.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkish authorities know the whereabouts of Adil Öksüz, a key suspect of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt who has been on the run since the attempted takeover, while refraining from naming the precise location. Soylu also criticized the U.S., Germany and European countries for not extraditing suspects sought by Turkey over their involvement in the botched coup.