President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling AKP has lost over 15,000 members within 50 days, compounding its difficulties after two founding members broke ranks to set up rival parties. As of Feb. 4, the membership of the party stands at 10.19 million members.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described social media as a "garbage dump," saying that it became a rampant environment in terms of increasing and varying cyber-bullying. "We will never surrender to this virtual world that people's rights are violated and that they are harassed, deceived, lynched, insulted," Erdoğan said, as he urged ministries to conclude their efforts on the issue rapidly.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was revealed to be the only potential candidate who could win against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a potential presidential election, a survey by Bahçeşehir University's Social Research Center revealed.
Turkey's opposition parties have criticized a proposed bill that seeks alternative funding for the country's megaprojects, asserting that the legislation is an attempt by a cash-strapped government to get the public to pay for its ambitious projects. The bill would enable citizens and companies to purchase securities in order to finance long-term infrastructure projects such as the controversial Kanal Istanbul megaproject.
Turkey's former First Lady Hayrunnisa Gül will reportedly be among the founders of the party that will be founded by former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan this month. "Ms. Hayrunnisa attaches great importance to our party, just like Mr. Abdullah. It was decided for her to be among the founders," a source working with Babacan told daily Yeniçağ.
The party membership of former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was dropped over his ongoing ban from politics, daily Birgün reported. Demirtaş, who has been in jail for over three years, is no longer a member of the HDP due to a case that he was charged with "making propaganda of a terrorist organization." The judgement was later reversed, but his party membership had already been dropped by then, the daily said.
Six deputies of the ruling AKP have filed criminal complaints against former army chief İlker Başbuğ and former CHP deputy Dursun Çiçek, saying that the latter had accused them of being the "political leg" of the Gülen movement. The move came after Erdoğan urged AKP lawmakers to sue Başbuğ over his remarks that Gülenists had played a significant role in drafting a 2009 bill which opened the way for civilian courts to try military personnel.
Right-wing opposition Good Party deputy Lütfü Türkkan compared the watchmen officers that have risen in number in recent years to Nazis. "The members of political combat organization of the National Socialists in Hitler's Germany, known for their bad reputation due to their heavy-handedness and for the fights they caused in the streets, wore brown uniforms. Now we see that the ruling AKP has adapted these brown uniforms very nicely to the present day,” Türkkan said.
The deadly avalanche that buried rescue workers under snow was reportedly caused by Presidential Adviser and former AKP lawmaker Gülşen Orhan's insistence on using a road that was advised not to be used due to an avalanche warning via ordering the snow to be removed with snow plough vehicles, paving way for the loud noise caused by vehicles to trigger an avalanche.
According to a survey carried out by the CHP, some 40 percent of President Erdoğan's voters think that changes are needed in the country's presidential system. The ratio of those saying that the system must change is higher among voters of the MHP, the AKP's staunch ally, with 54 percent. The survey comes as the CHP prepares for a congress, where it will give the message that it's ready to become the ruling party.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's approval rate has dropped to the lowest it's been since October 2018, revealed "Turkey's Pulse 2020" survey by Metropoll research company. His approval rate rose as high as 48 percent during Ankara's Operation Peace Spring into Northern Syria in October 2019.
Main opposition CHP has officially announced its decision to boycott CNN Türk due to its biased coverage against the party. CHP deputy chair Özkan said CNN Türk has been "functioning as if it is the advertising agency" of the ruling AKP, calling on the TV channel to adopt "independent and objective" principles of journalism.
The ruling AKP's spokesman Ömer Çelik has signaled a lawsuit against former army chief İlker Başbuğ over his comments accusing the politicians who paved the way for civilian courts to try military personnel in 2009 of being Gülenists.
Former ministers involved in a corruption scandal should be tried, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. "If there are certain allegations, public conscience would be relieved when they are acquitted," Davutoğlu said on Feb. 4. "I thought that the most appropriate way would be to be acquitted in the Grand Chamber. I still think that way. We had a difference in opinion [with Erdoğan] here," he also said.
Future Party chair Ahmet Davutoğlu met with Christian Berger, the head of EU Delegation to Turkey, and ambassadors of EU countries in Ankara. Davutoğlu shared his views about foreign and domestic politics as well as the EU-Turkey relations during the meeting.