MHP leader Bahçeli, a staunch ally of the ruling AKP, has said that he was pleased to see Muharrem İnce, a senior name in the main opposition CHP, launch his new political movement. Experts have not found Bahçeli's support for the dissident movement surprising as İnce's move has a potential to weaken the opposition against the AKP-MHP bloc in the upcoming elections.
Though he wants to come to power, the main opposition leader does not even know if there will be an election. He insists the days ahead are bright while the AKP-MHP government twists and undermines the few remaining freedoms and rights that prevail in this country: from gender equality to social media.
A recent survey by private pollster AREA Research revealed Turkey's opposition İYİ Party coming in third in a potential election, following the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition CHP. The AKP's coalition partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ranked fifth, following pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) held an online meeting with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recently-founded offshoots of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Islamist Felicity Party (Saadet). Meeting in the context of Eid al-Fitr greetings, the deputies noted that the Turkish opposition must unite to establish a political environment with less polarization and more freedoms.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that the government will change in the next elections since people will hand power to those advocating democracy. "The people are seeing that our beautiful country is not being governed properly and that we're heading downhill like a truck with no brakes. They also know that the only way to get rid of this course depends on their choice in the next elections," he said.
MHP deputy Cemal Enginyurt has blamed YÖK head Yekta Saraç for the disarray in exam dates. "The person responsible for the 2020 YKS exam dates in YÖK head Yekta Saraç. If you announce the date of the exam in February and make youth prepare in accordance, it creates confusion," he said. Enginyurt also addressed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a tweet, saying, "This YÖK head tricked you."
The votes of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) fell below 50 percent, according to a poll carried out by AREA Research. The People's Alliance formed by the AKP and the MHP were seen to be getting 45.6 percent of votes, with the AKP gathering the majority 35.8 percent. The MHP was seen to be failing to pass the 10 percent election threshold.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has praised Turkey's executive presidential system by saying that the results of it are "dazzling." "The new system has a firm basis with its institutions, rules and principles. Its implementation is healthy and the results are dazzling," Bahçeli said in a written statement on May 5.
MHP deputy Halil Öztürk has submitted a draft bill to parliament that suggests accessing social media with ID numbers. The draft bill added to the concerns in the country on censorship and the freedom of expression, with thousands of people being subjected to fines and jail sentences each year for criticizing the government on social media.
A recent poll revealed that Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are no longer able to rally up enough votes to form a government. While the AKP received 35.8 percent of votes, the MHP was revealed to have 12.2 percent backing. Individually, the AKP has lost 7 percent of its votes since June 2019.
Mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı has thanked MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who is a close friend of his, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a bill that paved the way for his release. He also called on the newly-released prisoners to act responsibly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A regulation in the new judicial bill brought to parliament by the government will allow Turkish authorities to interrogate prisoners arrested on terror charges for 15 days. If the bill is approved, intelligence units will also be granted the authority to get convicts or arrestees out of jail to interrogate them, daily Cumhuriyet reported on April 13, adding that the bill stipulates receiving permission from the said prisoners.
AKP-ally MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that his party is "highly content" with President Erdoğan's decision to reject Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's resignation. "The MHP is highly content with the fact that the resignation was rejected," Bahçeli said in a tweet early on April 13.
The CHP has called on the government to include political prisoners in a judicial reform bill that will lead to the release of thousands of convicts and prisoners. "Judges have been issuing arrest rulings under political pressure. This exterior pressure applies for the cases of prisoners of thought, political prisoners and some terror arrestees," the CHP said.
Ankara's removal of eight mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is an example of the government using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity, HDP Co-Chair Mithat Sancar said in a press conference March 23. He also criticized the government's economic stimulus package for failing to fulfill the needs of healthcare workers.