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.
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.