The killing of a Syrian Kurdish politician in northern Syria during Turkish military offensive has raised criticism worldwide, with the murder reportedly committed by Ankara-backed rebels. The Amnesty International said Khalaf was dragged out of the car by the Ahrar al-Sharqiya militia, beaten and killed in a cold-blooded manner.
At the meeting of a government advisory board last month, AKP co-founder Bülent Arınç was seated next to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, at the latest meeting of YİK on Nov. 5, Arınç was seated several spots away from the president. Arınç recently criticized the removal of Mardin district mayor Ahmet Türk of the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) and the widespread removal of the posts of thousands of state employees via an official government decree following the failed military coup on July 2016.
A bitter war of words began between Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, with the former calling the latter a "fool" for "complaining" about Turkey in a speech in the European Council.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's approval rating has jumped following the country's military incursion in Syria, a poll shows, which showed that the support for the President reached 48 percent.
It has been three years since the arrest of former HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ. The imprisonment of pro-Kurdish figures is slammed by their lawyers as "political hostage taking" due to the authorities repeatedly blocking local courts' rulings for release.
A court ruled for former HDP deputy Abdullah Zeydan's release, hours before accepting an objection to rule for the continuation of his arrest. The release of the party's former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was also ruled, but he will also stay in jail due to another case that he was given a prison term.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the number of aircrafts at the president's disposal. “Unemployment rates have exceeded 8 million. You have 13 planes. What state leader has 13 planes?", Kılıçdaroğlu asked.
Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Sezai Temelli claimed that research indicates the national support for the 'Operation Peace Spring' in northeastern Syria remained at around 60 percent, considerably lower than the 85 percent that supported last year's Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin district of Syria. He argued that the latest episode of the government policies in Syria was a serious failure.
The resignation of an AKP deputy stirs debate within the ruling party, with its deputy chair refuting claims of more resignations. The MP's move adds to the internal crisis within the AKP, with two of its founders recently having left the party as well.
Vice Chairman Feti Yıldız of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has called on President Erdoğan to cancel his upcoming visit to the U.S. on Nov. 13 due to genocide and sanctions resolutions voted at the Congress. The MHP has been coalition partners with Erdoğan's AKP both in presidential elections of 2018 and local elections of 2019.
The Turkish parliament on Thursday condemned the U.S. House of Representatives' passing a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide as well as a bill backing sanctions on Turkey. Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) did not join the condemnation.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s Ministry of Environment and City Planning has moved to seize control of four Istanbul districts located near the Bosphorus strait, which command high real estate values. The move aims to take control of the districts away from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Ekrem İmamoğlu's administration, via the establishment of the Bosphorus Ministry, the members of which will be determined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
President Ertan Aksoy of the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV), which reached the agenda due to its incisive polling prior to this year's local elections, said that if an election was to be held this Sunday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and their far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would not stand a chance.
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.