Istanbul Municipality is hiring two Kurdish-speaking instructors for Kurdish lessons at the Arts and Professional Training Center. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu met with graduates of the Kurdish Language and Literature department in August and said that the city would be offering Kurdish lessons and nursing services in Kurdish.
A source close to former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that he applied to the Interior Ministry on Dec. 12 to form his new party and that he will formally announce it at a news conference in Ankara on Dec 13. It will be called Future Party, the source said.
Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan and his team have recently organized a workshop in the capital Ankara to determine how the new party will address Turkey's Kurdish issue. Babacan said the two-day workshop, which brought together 15 experts, discussed the current problems and solution proposals.
A brawl has erupted in the Turkish parliament after the main opposition CHP's criticism of the ruling AKP for privatizing the Tank and Pallet Factory. As the tension grew, a recess was given but the lawmakers continued their quarrel.
Former Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ and lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have reportedly failed a law exam. Some 27,537 people, including academics, members of the judiciary and politicians, took the mediation test on Nov. 24, with 6,271 of them passing via obtaining at least 91 points. Bozdağ, however, failed by receiving 72 points.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was taken to a hospital for planned examinations on Dec. 9. Following the surfacing of rumors regarding the visit stemming from an emergency, a statement was released, saying that the visit was planned. "He is feeling well," it said.
A group consisting of former AKP politicians, who are close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are carrying out visits to former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and former President Abdullah Gül in order to prevent them from establishing two new political parties. The group aims to prevent the AKP from getting harmed because of the new parties and to establish peace with Davutoğlu and Babacan.
Veysel İpekçi, who was the deputy mayor of Istanbul's Güngören and has come under fire for forcing a driver working in the municipality to sit in front of a bathroom as a punishment for not standing up when he saw İpekçi, defended himself in a bizarre way, saying that he became the target of foreign powers due to developing an economic system as an alternative to communism and capitalism.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that his party supports a call by former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on establishing a parliamentary commission to investigate the assets of presidents and prime ministers. "This is necessary in order for clean politics and clearing politics of dirt. The people also expect this," Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding that the move would mean taking a stand against the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a poll conducted by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) surveying its own supporters, results indicate that 70 percent of respondents said that they wanted the party to stay in parliament, amid debates about abandoning it in protest of the government's removal of numerous recently-elected HDP mayors from their posts. Meanwhile, jailed former HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş said that he supported the HDP's call for early elections as a first step.
Abdurrahman Kurt, a former lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has said that public personnel are being hired in exchange for money in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. "The selling of cadres in Diyarbakır has become so internalized that it's impossible to believe. Won't anyone say 'enough' to this?" Kurt said in a tweet on Dec. 8.
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.