Murat Yetkin writes: Erdoğan’s government has been depriving tens of millions of citizens living in big cities and opted for opposition mayors, from crucial loans to be used on infrastructure. If he aims to punish those who voted in favor of the opposition instead of his candidates, it’s evident that this reaction isn’t working, and is, instead, backfiring.
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has unveiled the 143-page program for his newly-launched Future Party. The program vowed to recognize the legal status of cemevis, the worship house of the Alevis, a heterodox non-Sunni faith that accoutns for as much as a quarter of the country's population. Regarding the Kurds, the program vowed to fight against identity-based discrimination
A group of HDP deputies have filed a motion in parliament urging the establishment of an investigation commission to investigate human rights violations and the killing of civilians during curfews imposed in Şırnak between 2015-2016. The deputies said that 64,000 people had been “forcibly” displaced from their homes during these curfew periods.
The Turkish parliament on Dec. 13 condemned the U.S. Senate’s passing a resolution recognizing early 20th century killings of Armenians as “genocide.” People’s Democratic Party (HDP) did not join the condemnation.
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced Friday that his new Future Party will work towards a new constitution and reverting to parliamentary system. He added that “libertarian secularism” and “pluralist religion” are among the fundamental principles of his party.
Opposition right-wing Good Party (İP) leader Meral Akşener said that she would transfer 20 members of parliament from her party to the newly founded AKP breakaway parties if needed.
Istanbul's Şehir University, known for its close affiliation with former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu from the start, has recently became the subject of controversy. President Erdoğan accused Davutoğlu of illegally acquiring state-owned land for the university. Prior to Erdoğan's allegations, seizure procedures had began against the university based on the grounds that the school had not paid its loans to state-owned Halkbank.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has claimed that journalism is not done properly anymore in Turkey, which is why he would like to become a journalist if he could “give up everything.” He also said that politicians have the “luxury” of making mistakes, whereas the same is not the case for journalists.
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.