Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has scolded former AKP deputy Mehmet Metiner on live TV after the former lawmaker claimed that Gülenists are still appointed to posts in the state. "I want to say that I was very saddened. I accept Metiner's remarks on TV as insults against me. I don't find it appropriate for people who can contact me to address me through the press," Soylu said.
The death toll from a migrant boat sinking in Lake Van in eastern Turkey rose to 40, the local governor's office said on July 16, after nearly three weeks of search operations. Lake Van is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey heading west toward Europe from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.
Seven police officers were killed after their reconnaissance plane crashed in a mountain in the eastern province of Van, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early July 16. The 2015 model-plane had been carrying out reconnaissance and surveillance in Van and Hakkari provinces since July 13, said Soylu.
A large explosion rocked a fireworks factory in the Hendek district of the northwestern province of Sakarya at around 11:15 a.m. on July 3 and four workers were killed and 108 workers were hospitalized. Fire department teams weren't able to intervene in the fire for a long time since explosions continued to take place.
A boat that sank on Lake Van in eastern Turkey is believed to have been carrying 55-60 migrants, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on July 1, adding that six bodies had been recovered so far. The lake is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey, heading west toward Europe.
Turkish authorities arrested one person and detained 11 others for insulting Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak's family through their social media posts, state-run Anadolu Agency said on July 1. The suspects face charges of "insulting a public official," the agency said.
Turkey has carried out the largest anti-narcotics operation in its history, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on June 30, adding that it was conducted in cooperation with nine countries. "Traffic worth 500 million liras was prevented. It was the biggest operation in Turkey's history in terms of preventing income from drugs and crime," Soylu said.
Ankara has become a separate police state, Istanbul Bar Association head Mehmet Durakoğlu said on the prevention of their Defense March. "When we arrived in Ankara, we saw that it has become a police state. Can you think of such a police force? That place has become a separate police republic. Everyone should know that they can't silence the defense," Durakoğlu said.
At least five people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in the northwestern province of Bursa, officials said on June 22. The floods occurred in Kestel district, which has paralyzed life in the rural neighborhoods of Dudaklı, Narlıdere, Aksu and Kayacık.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has once again targeted a journalist over a report revealing nepotism in the municipality in the Black Sea province of Trabzon that's run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Soylu, who on May 18 targeted journalist Müyesser Yıldız - who was arrested a short while later - on Twitter, praised the couple in the story, while slamming journalist Saygı Öztürk.
Police have wounded two survivors of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt during their protest in front of the AKP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Following scenes of police brutality, Minister Soylu invited representatives of the group to the ministry to voice his support to them. "I stand with you as long as I'm alive," Soylu reportedly told the group.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, from the main opposition CHP, has filed a lawsuit against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for authorizing an inspector to investigate him concerning his term as the city's Beylikdüzü district mayor. İmamoğlu said the 27 probes against him were based on forged documents, accusing Soylu and the inspector assigned to the investigations of abusing their power of authority.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from the main opposition CHP is more successful in managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a poll carried out by Metropoll which aimed to reveal people's perceptions on governance during the pandemic. Yavaş ranked third in the list, surpassing Erdoğan, who came in fourth.
The AKP has become increasingly anxious about losing the symbiotic relationship with its voters it has built and nurtured over the years. Losing this would directly undermine the very foundation of the AKP’s political discourse which claims that the AKP is the sole political party to successfully govern and serve in Turkey.
Zeitgeist Turkey | Episode 5: The real reasons behind why President Erdoğan could not let Interior Minister Soylu leave
The resignation attempt of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 12 taking full responsibility for the chaos triggered by a disordered and late announcement of country's first weekend curfew shed light on the power struggle within the ruling party. Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki analyze the motives behind Soylu's power play and President Erdoğan's reasons for not letting him go.