According to a September poll by Metropoll, two new parties expected to be founded by politicians who have broken away from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) could determine the next presidential election if they side with one of the alliances between major parties.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Idlib is suitable for Arabs to live in due to the fact that the area is a desert. "Those areas are not appropriate for Kurds' life styles, because they are desert areas," he said.
Opposition right-wing Good Party (İP) leader Meral Akşener said that for the first time she sees President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as unpredictable as a result of the presidential system he had championed for long. According to Akşener, people in Turkey have seen that the presidential system is not working properly and that support for the country's age-old parliamentary system is increasing.
Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu criticized his party's attitude toward the Peace Spring Operation during a closed-door group party meeting, daily Cumhuriyet reported. Tanrıkulu argued that CHP's endorsement of a bill extending the authorization for cross-border operations in Syria and Iraq was wrong.
An office rented by former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to be used as the Istanbul headquarters of his new political party was locked and sealed by a local district government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Davutoğlu was a co-founder of the AKP and a former Erdoğan ally, but the two fell out over disagreements regarding the party's direction and Davutoğlu was forced out as prime minister in 2016.
An opposition party leader questions a deal reached between Ankara and Washington regarding a 120-hour-long ceasefire in northern Syria, while saying that the neighboring country must be a 'safe zone' as a whole.
Diyarbakır's former co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı was arrested on terror charges, a day after being detained by Turkish police. Mızraklı was elected in local elections held in March by getting 62 percent of the votes.
Veteran politician Ahmet Türk from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) emphasized that Turks and Kurds share an age-old relationship and that Turkey cannot benefit from making an enemy out of the Kurds. Active in politics since 1973, Türk has repeatedly been targeted by a series of governments in Turkey for his pro-Kurdish positions.
Police detained sacked co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı from the HDP early on Oct. 21, in the recent wave of arrests against the party over 'terror charges.' The HDP has recently been under scrutiny by Turkish authorities due to its criticism against Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Mahmut Tanal has filed a criminal complaint against American President Donald Trump, based on the controversial and oddly-worded letter that Trump sent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan immediately prior to the launch of Turkey's incursion in northeast Syria. Tanal pointed out that Trump's language in his letter was not in accordance with proper diplomatic courtesy.
Out of Turkey's five major political parties, the pro-Kurdish HDP is the only one that strongly opposes Operation Peace Spring. However, main opposition CHP's leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has been criticizing President Erdoğan for failing to implement appropriate diplomacy to support the operation.
Despite being a legal political party, the HDP and many of its members and politicians have constantly been targeted, jailed and accused of being terrorists by the AKP and its coalition partners in the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The 800 inquiry reports and confirmed criminal convictions pertaining to various parliamentarians has now made its way to the Turkish parliament's agenda.
President Erdoğan and the European Union have entered a bitter war of words over Turkey's military offensive in Syria, with the Turkish president saying 'Pull yourself together. We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way.'
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is continuing preparations to start a new political party, which is slated to be established in November.
Investigations were launched into hundreds of Turkish social media users after they criticized Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria. Over 100 people were also detained for their online posts.