Erdoğan ally calls for closure of top medial association for protesting increasing COVID-19 infections
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the closure of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) after the organization has this week launched a series of protest events, accusing the government of mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of Bahçeli's remarks, messages of support poured in from Twitter users for the TTB, with the hashtag campaign of "#İyikiTTBvar" (which translates as "So glad we have TTB") going viral.
Main opposition CHP chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş is behind bars because he said in 2015 that the HDP would not let Erdoğan become president, whereas renowned activist Osman Kavala is imprisoned because “Erdoğan wants it so.” “Those who are kept imprisoned in an unjust way will always wear their served prison time as a badge of honor on their chest,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
President Erdoğan has filed a lawsuit against main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu after the latter said during an interview that Erdoğan family "has billions of dollars abroad" and should bring this wealth to Turkey. Erdoğan has demanded that Kılıçdaroğlu pay 2 million Turkish Liras ($271,000) for non-pecuniary damages.
Main opposition CHP chair ordered to pay 556,000 liras to Erdoğan family over offshore money remarks
Two separate court rulings have ordered main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu to pay 556,000 liras ($81,000) in total to President Erdoğan and his family in compensation over his remarks about the Isle of Man connections. In November 2017, Kılıçdaroğlu said in various speeches that the Erdoğan family transferred at least $15 million to the Bellway Limited in the Isle of Man in 2011 and 2012.
CHP chair: Erdoğan and his family accumulating wealth in US, to move there if Turkey enters a new era
Main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed that President Erdoğan has been accumulating significant financial assets in the United States since he and his family are thinking about moving there should Turkey enter a new era. Kılıçdaroğlu said that Erdoğan could not stand up against the U.S. as otherwise his financial assets in the country could be exposed.
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.
Opposition leaders respond to Erdoğan’s threat to block Netflix: Let me at least watch Dark’s last season
Turkey's opposition leaders have responded to President Erdoğan's threat to shut down "YouTube, Twitter and Netflix" with humorous posts. “I would be really hurt if you shut down Netflix without me watching the last season of Dark, Mr. Erdoğan,” İYİ Party chair Akşener wrote on Twitter, while HDP co-chair Buldan said: "We were waiting for the last season of La Casa De Papel."
Main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed President Erdoğan for accusing the CHP of “rejoicing” at the broadcasting of the Italian protest song "Bella Ciao" from the minarets of İzmir mosques. Kılıçdaroğlu said that “Worship places are holy” and the CHP does not accept anything being broadcast from mosques other than the calls to prayer and national anthem.
Turkey's main opposition CHP chair Kılıçdaroğlu has urged the lawmakers to draft a new constitution replacing the current presidential system with a parliamentary system. “The backbone of the new constitution should be a new and powerful democratic parliamentary system,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, while addressing deputies during a special sitting on April 23.