President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said "no virus is stronger than our precautions" hours after Turkey reported its first coronavirus case. Erdoğan said that the person who was diagnosed with coronavirus returned to Turkey after visiting Europe, adding that the individual's treatment is ongoing. "The patient's family is also being observed," he said.
Six journalists, who were arrested last week over a report covering the funeral of a member of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) killed in Libya, are being kept in isolation, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Utku Çakırözer has said upon visiting them in Silivri Prison. "I call on the prison authorities and the Justice Ministry to end this practice," Çakırözer told Duvar on March 11.
Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.
On days such as the International Women’s Day on March 8, heavy attacks are inflicted on women in their numerous acts and activities. But despite all these sieges and attacks, the women’s movement in Turkey continues to constitute the biggest barrier in front of hegemony of both the main opposition and the government in the country.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party, which will reportedly be called the Democracy and Progress Party, with its abbreviation “DEVA” meaning “remedy” in Turkish. There are 90 individuals on the list of the founders, with 27 women and 16 fresh faces. There are also experienced politicians and former ministers who worked with Babacan in the past.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed an application to found his long-awaited political party, which will reportedly be called the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), on March 9. "There is a powerful need to create a more prosperous and livable Turkey and this is not possible with the current political order," Babacan said, stressing the importance of democracy, rule of law and human rights.
AKP officials ‘unhappy with being in defense’ following decision to hold weekly meetings after opposition
AKP officials are reportedly unhappy with the decision to hold weekly meetings a day after opposition parties, especially the main opposition CHP, saying that it puts the party in a "defensive position." According to daily Cumnhuriyet, the officials said that the meetings can be held on the same day with the opposition, since "Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks can be responded to on the same day."
Marmara province Yalova's town council elected a councilor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to replace the elected mayor from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Mayor Vefa Salman was dismissed from his post within the scope of a corruption lawsuit he initiated after he reported an accountant employee's embezzlement of over one million Turkish Lira.
A fistfight erupted between the ruling AKP and main opposition CHP deputies in the parliament on March 4 during a speech by CHP MP Engin Özkoç who earlier called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “dishonorable, ignoble and traitor.” Özkoç had slammed Erdoğan during a pres conference for previously referring to a killed Turkish soldier as a "head" ("kelle" in Turkish).
Turkey's former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has said that a group of 15 to 20 university students would govern the country better. He also said that the lack of freedoms is the biggest problem in Turkey. "If I were to list Turkey's problems, I would put the lack of freedoms, especially the freedom of expression, on top. When people can't talk and say, 'There are problems,' you can't begin finding solutions to them," he said.
Access to OdaTV has been blocked as a result of “an administrative order” imposed by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK). The move came after two OdaTV journalists were arrested over charges of violating intelligence laws by disclosing the identity of an intelligence operative even though an opposition MP had revealed the name a week prior to the publication of the OdaTV story.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his plans to go to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kılıçdaroğlu said that Erdoğan should ask Putin four questions, with the first one being the reason for why Turkish soldiers were hit "despite their locations being known by Russians."
The Turkish army should head to Damascus, put a sack over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's head and deal the final blow to the "bloody and filthy regime" if politics and diplomacy fail, MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said on March 3. Bahçeli, who is an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said that Russia and Syria should not test Turkey's patience any longer.
The opposition's secret candidate for the 2023 presidential election is Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş of the Republican People's Party (CHP), a member of parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) claimed.
The AKP, CHP, MHP and İYİ Party have issued a joint declaration condemning the attack that killed 33 Turkish soldiers on Feb. 27 in Syria's Idlib. The HDP was the only party in the Parliament that did not sign the declaration, saying that it does not find it right to sign it together with the ruling alliance of AKP and MHP, which it said has "the full political responsibility."