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.
Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that the 24 mayors of the HDP who were previously suspended from their posts on alleged links to terrorism will be found guilty in court at the end of their judicial processes. Asked by the British journalist Tim Sebastian why the mayors were removed from their posts although court trials are still underway, Kalın said: “They will be charged of course.”
All political parties in parliament have each submitted a motion seeking to remove a clause in a government bill that would have granted the Interior Minister authority to strip the seniority of civilian administrative authorities (such as governors and local district governors). The four motions were voted for simultaneously and accepted in the parliament, reported the daily Sözcü on Nov. 28.
Support for Turkey's former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan is higher than former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, according to a survey carried out in October with a total of 1,700 participants in 26 provinces. The poll also said that Babacan would receive the majority of the votes from the supporters of İYİ (Good) Party, the CHP and the Felicity (Saadet) Party.
Turkey's former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan has said that their political party will be a mainstream one that won't appeal to a narrow audience. "Our party aims to create a stance that various parts of the society agree on. It's the design of a new Turkey that can be put in practice and that's realistic," Babacan said, as he criticized the current administration over plenty of issues, including the violation of human rights.