MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli
Some 32 deputies in parliament failed to take the stand except to take an oath, daily BirGün reported on Oct. 21. A total of 27 of said deputies were members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), receiving more than 500,000 liras in annual salaries when combined.
Does anyone really believe that shady former police ministers, ex-military officers, and a mafia boss are a promising profile of the alliance for a new revival of Turkey’s democracy?
Former President Abdullah Gül said that he was "appalled" by the attacks on Turkey's Constitutional Court, the most recent of which accused a member of threatening a military coup. The coup debate closely followed discussions on overhauling the Constitutional Court, which many members of the governing bloc in Ankara voiced support for.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that Armenia has cancer and its chemotherapy includes enmity against Turkey and the Turks. "Armenia was the side that violated the ceasefire as expected. Negotiating with the killer returned as bullets and bombs. Nagorno-Karabakh should not be taken on the table [through diplomacy], but should be taken via hitting Armenia in the head," he said.
Azeri analyst Zardusht Alizadeh has said that the nationalists in Azerbaijan are as sick as those in Armenia, as he commented on the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. "Azeri nationalists are sick just like Armenian nationalists. They want a Great Azerbaijan and want soil from Iran, Russia and Armenia," Alizadeh told Duvar on Oct. 6. When asked whether Azerbaijan seeks to take the Zangezur Corridor as suggested by MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, Alizadeh said, "We don't have eyes on Armenian soil."
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for restructuring Turkey's top court in line with the presidential system, as he also deemed the court's recent rulings on rights violations "flawed." "A Supreme Court that doesn't contradict with the presidential system, which speeded up Turkey's democratization process, that no longer is the focus of debates and that's democratic, effective and fair would add to Turkey's power," Bahçeli said.
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.
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.
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.
Murat Yetkin writes: Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu says that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is under the tutelage of his election ally Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) because he cannot make any decisions without Bahçeli’s approval.
CHP Istanbul deputy Erdoğan Toprak said that MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's remarks on the next elections bring election fraud to mind. Bahçeli on June 19 said that elections will be held as scheduled in 2023, while also using a Turkish proverb that roughly translates as fooling the devil.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled out months-long rumors on early elections, saying that all the parties need to wait for the scheduled 2023. "Why would we hold early elections? The elections will be held in 2023, they will wait. Everyone should plan accordingly," Erdoğan said, adding that the law on political parties and elections need to be amended in line with the presidential system.
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.
Former minister Yaşar Okuyan has accused MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli of being a MİT agent, as he cited MHP founder Alparslan Türkeş's letter on the issue as proof. "I have a handwritten letter from Türkeş. Those who are willing can check it and see that Türkeş wrote, 'Devlet Bahçeli is a MİT agent,'" Okuyan said in an interview.
Turkish opposition parties have said that they would be willing to hold early elections, as they commented on the months-long rumors on snap polls that intensified following MHP leader Bahçeli's "urgent" call to amend political parties law for the continuation of the presidential system, although the main motive is to complicate new parties' efforts of running in elections. They also expect elections to be held in 2021.