Jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş, who considers himself a political hostage of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has voiced his support for a democratic block to be established in opposition to the government. “I'm not a prisoner, I'm a political hostage. I clearly know that Erdoğan fears me, that is why he keeps me here," Demirtaş said.
Murat Yetkin writes: Next month, it will be the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) 18th year in power. The startling statement of a young garbage collector, “I have no dreams,” in response to a TV reporter’s question about his dreams for the future, could give us an idea about where 'justice' and 'development' aspects of President Erdoğan's party have gone.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: While the state of emergency has ended, its effects are permanent. Rather than instating that the AKP-MHP cannot govern, we ought to generate an effective opposition strategy and cease to assume Turkey is still a democracy. We are in need of a paradigm shift.
Some 46.9 percent of voters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) want Islamic cults in Turkey to be shut down, according to a recent survey. Asked if there should be a government institution that inspects these religious cults and communities, 67.8 percent of AKP voters gave an affirmative answer.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül has commented on MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for the restructuring of the Constitutional Court, saying that any amendment with regards to the structure of the top court requires the parliament's support. “Any change can be done for the sake of democracy and rule of law. And it is the parliament that can do this,” he said.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to be a part of Azerbaijan. Deeming Armenia a "killer and terror state," Bahçeli said that the Nakhchivan's inclusion in Azerbaijan "is a must, a historical obligation and an urgent need." "It's a matter of life and death," Bahçeli said.
Erdoğan says he supports nationalist ally’s calls for overhauling top court, reinstatement of death penalty
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that he supports his nationalist ally Devlet Bahçeli's calls for the restructuring of the Constitutional Court and the reinstatement of death penalty. Erdoğan said that if the parliament were to draft legislations with regards to these two issues, he would sign into them.
The Turkish government is considering lowering the 10 percent election threshold, as a commission set up to look into various electoral systems continue its efforts. The AKP may lower the threshold for the parties competing in elections without being in alliances and keeping it at 10 percent for alliances, sources told Duvar.
Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes in reintroduction of death penalty for certain crimes, a proposal suggested by far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli earlier in September. "I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and women,” Şentop said on Sept. 29.
Istanbul Medical Chamber said on Sept. 25 that a healthcare worker who warned a patient's relative to put his mask on was beaten. Prof. Dr. Tufan Tükek, dean of Istanbul University’s Çapa Medical Faculty, said that the health worker named Rıfat Babayiğit might suffer a permanent vision loss due to the attack.
Turkey's opposition parties have criticized the detention of HDP members CHP Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel deemed the detentions "an intimidation operation" and asked the government whether new evidence was reached regarding the Kobane protests that happened six years ago. According to Özel, the recent detentions are attempts of the government to shift people's focus from the crumbling economy.
Turkish parliament only hears ruling AKP’s draft bills in general assembly, speaker’s office reveals
The Turkish parliament has failed to debate in its general session any draft bills prepared by any party other than the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the past two legislative sessions, daily Cumhuriyet reported. The AKP presented some 249 draft bills, 100 of which were reported on by the relevant commissions, while one of the CHP's 2,148 draft bills were investigated by commissions.
Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki discuss the underlying factors behind the recent moves of Turkey's ruling alliance which paves the way for further polarization in politics as the country enters the final months of 2020. They also analyze the effects of the sharp decline of the Turkish Lira against foreign currencies over public's perception.
Former Zaman columnist Mümtazer Türköne released from jail following Erdoğan ally’s call for his retrial
Former Zaman daily columnist Mümtazer Türköne has been released from jail following Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for his retrial. Türköne's lawyer Figen Çalıkuşu has said she believes the release came after the Court of Cassation overturned the sentence following an appeal.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: Interior Minister Soylu said that the head of the Constitutional Court would be unable to commute to work without his protection team. What he meant was that he was the Minister who assigned the security team to the judge, implying he might just remove them. By doing so, Süleyman Soylu openly violates the article 138 of the Turkish Constitution; basic principle for the independence of the judiciary.