Islamic communities that are known to have close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have recently speeded up efforts to establish their own foundations. On Sept. 17, two more such foundations have been established, one of which has close ties to the İsmailağa community, while the other has close ties to pro-government KİHMED.
The somewhat unexpected exhibition of a gender-based power struggle inside the political and social conservative circles could be indicative of substantial changes in this part of Turkish society. To personalize this in the current context of the ruling family in Turkey: on one side in this struggle is Bilal Erdoğan and on the other is his sister, Sümeyye Erdoğan.
Turkish President Recep Erdoğan welcomed a new grandson in the early hours of June 30. The president's eighth grandchild was born to Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Esra Erdoğan.
A Turkish court has blocked access to forum pages on First Lady Emine Erdoğan's Hermes handbag that created controversy in the country due to its high price. Another topic that the court blocked was on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son Bilal Erdoğan being confused during a telephone call that was leaked in 2013.
Prosecutors launch another investigation into journalist Murat Ağırel upon Erdoğan family’s complaint
Lawyer Celal Ürgen has said that prosecutors have launched another investigation into journalist Murat Ağırel, who is already incarcerated over a report covering the funeral of an intel operative killed in Libya. The fresh investigation came upon the complaints of President Erdoğan's son Bilal Erdoğan and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak. The Erdoğan family accuses the journalist of "insulting" them over his claims regarding the formation of the Pelican Group.
A foundation close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be closing down 25 of its dormitories due to financial struggles, daily Birgün reported on June 8. "We will use our resources to the 21 dormitories we will maintain and to our education services that will continue to diversify and expand," TÜRGEV said.
Since its opening in 2017, the ruling Justice and Developent Party (AKP) government has spent 46 million TL on infrastructure in a national park commemorating the iconic Battle of Manzikert of 1071. The battle, in which the Turkic Selçuk Empire defeated the Byzantines, was key to the Turkish domination of Anatolia.
Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mübariz Mansimov Gurbanoğlu is under investigation over suspected links to the Gülen network. Gurbanoğlu is known to have struck various deals with companies owned by the family of President Erdoğan.