Some 40 medical chambers affiliated with the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) have released a joint statement reiterating their support for the organization. “We are fortunate to have our professional organization that prioritizes and defends the right of public health, and does not compromise when it comes to scientific and free thinking," the chambers said, following MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for the TTB's closure.
As Turkey’s foreign policy gets more aggressive by the day, one might wonder what lies ahead. Every day, it becomes harder in Turkey to defend freedoms, human rights as well as peace and justice.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that Turkey should restore the death penalty since “there is no other option to fight against crimes and criminals that surpass the threshold of fear.” "With the opening of Turkish parliament on Oct. 1, 2010, our nation's expectations should be met with the consensus of our lawmakers, and baby killers, perverts, scums and rapists should receive the sentences they deserve,” Bahçeli said in a written statement on Sept. 2.
AKP Old Guard’s oppressive statements on women and their glorification of the family at the expense of women no longer sit well with the young conservatives, particularly women.
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.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that demanding education in Kurdish shows captivity to imperialism, as he commented on Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu's remarks. "The fact that Davutoğlu talked about the Kurdish issue and mentioned education in mother tongue is a scandalous example of the extent that captivity to imperialism has reached," Bahçeli said in a written statement on Aug. 12.
Former MHP deputy Cemal Enginyurt has said it was him who started the legal process that led to the cancellation of a dissident-led congress back in 2016 aiming to challenge the leadership of Devlet Bahçeli. “When Meral Akşener won the congress with 715 votes on June 19, it was me who took the case to the court. It was me that led to the cancellation of the congress, which they had won," Enginyurt said on Aug. 5.
Hagia Sophia appears to be a significant step in President Erdoğan's neoliberal Islamic quest. It sends a message to both Muslim and Christian communities. But Erdoğan’s quest is not purely religious; it has a fiercely neoliberal dimension.
Erdoğan's staunch ally MHP leader Bahçeli has become angered with opposition leaders' exchanging humorous posts on Twitter referencing Netflix after Erdoğan threatened to shut down “YouTube, Twitter and Netflix” last week. Bahçeli referred to the opposition as “abasement alliance” (“zillet ittifakı” in Turkish) -- a term used by Erdoğan in several occasions during the election periods.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener's application concerning her expulsion from the MHP back in 2016, saying that it did not have the authority to rule on this subject matter.
There may have been changes in the relations between the underworld and politics in Turkey but nevertheless the relations between criminal chiefs and the politicians and bureaucrats can still overwhelm the political agenda. As politics is criminalized, mafia is further politicized.
Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has launched an investigation into four Antalya judges who ruled for the acquittal of a man accused of "insulting" MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli. The man was facing charges for referring to Bahçeli as "renegade," "weathercock" and "AKP's spare wheel."
MHP deputy Olcay Kılavuz has apologized to CHP MP Özgür Özel for throwing a punch at him during a parliamentary session. The apology reportedly came following MHP chairman Devlet Bahçeli's instruction.
Erdoğan’s primary goal is to keep the oppositional forces split and not face the massive loss of the June 2015 elections once again, which saw the AKP lose its parliamentary majority. The same applies to the local elections of 2019, where the AKP lost its grip on all the country’s major cities. Erdoğan will resort to any means available to remain president, for good.
Convicted mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı has visited MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli at the MHP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Çakıcı was released from jail in April as part of an amnesty law drafted by the ruling AKP and its ally MHP.