A theme park in the capital that cost $750 million to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) municipality at the time is rotting away, news broadcaster FOX TV reported. The theme park closed down in early 2020 because the private management firm was unable to pay electricity debts.
Twitter disclosed on June 11 three new state-linked information operations that have been taken place on its platform this year, including one in Turkey that's linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Based on our analysis of the network's technical indicators and account behaviors, the collection of fake and compromised accounts was being used to amplify political narratives favorable to the AKP, and demonstrated strong support for President Erdoğan," Twitter said.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has filed a lawsuit against Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara from 1994 to 2017, for using the money allocated for the renewal of a waste water treatment facility for other purposes. Yavaş accuses Gökçek of “abusing authority” and “causing damage on the environment by negligence.” Gökçek, from the AKP, is widely known for his eccentric and costly projects, such as erecting a 10-meter-long dinosaur in the middle of a roundabout in Ankara.
A land rented for mosque construction on the iconic Atatürk Forest Farm in the capital Ankara will be kept as a park upon the city's municipal council decision. "It was clear that removing this forested area was not in line with public benefit," said Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the Ankara branch head of Turkey's Chamber of Architects.