Seven million liras from the parliamentary pensions fund was used for corrupt transactions, a new board member of the fund said. Selim Sinan Atık noted that he noticed the discrepancies in the accounting while surveying them to take over.
As Turkish politics have been reduced to a binary dichotomy between the government bloc and the opposition, İYİ Party plays a somewhat unifying and dampening effect in that regard. But while the government is out of touch with the people, the opposition is not tuned in with it either.
Erdoğan government’s ability to expand its repression and go further with ever more assertiveness without facing any resistance has to do with the haplessness and perhaps deficient aptitudes of those who could check it. Cynical pundits, eager to crush opposition figures, say “you’ll see what comes next,” and they are always proven right.
Felicity Party (Saadet) deputy Abdulkadir Karaduman said on July 20 that he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. The deputy marks the fifth infection among Turkey's lawmakers.
Turkey's lawmakers will be getting digitized ID cards to enter parliament, second-term speaker Mustafa Şentop said. Upgraded as part of structural renovations to parliament, the new ID cards will also have information in English.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken the first step with regards to social media regulation. A commission named “Digital Mediums Commission” will be established in parliament. The commission will consist of 17 people and will provide suggestions with regards to the rights and use principles of the internet.
Bar association heads waiting outside parliament, demanding to be included in gov’t bill discussions
Twenty bar association heads have been waiting outside the parliament building, demanding to partake in Justice Commission discussions over a draft bill seeking to decentralize bar associations. The police encircled the area where bar association heads are waiting with safety strips, confining them to an area of less than 20 square meters.
President Erdoğan has said that his ruling AKP government's bill which aims to decentralize bar associations will be submitted to the Parliament on June 30. Meanwhile, the İzmir Bar Association lawyers on June 29 attempted to stage a protest march defying the government's legislation; however, the police prevented them from doing so, placing barricades in front of the bar association's building.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) is planning a march to protest a draft bill that would divide large cities' bar associations into smaller institutions. 31 bar associations in Turkey have officially opposed the proposed legislation, and some bar heads attempted a march against in earlier in June.
While they are no new demographic, the restless conservatives are getting stronger amongst the ruling People's Alliance electorate and the AKP base in particular. The Erdoğan and AKP that they had supported so buoyantly for the past decade are no longer the same.
The ruling AKP's nationalist ally MHP has said that a change in laws pertaining to elections and political parties is "must" and the legal work regarding this amendment has been already launched. The AKP-MHP plan is expected to make it more difficult for members of parliament to join newly formed opposition parties, mainly DEVA and Future Party.
Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, the group deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the fourth Turkish lawmaker whose coronavirus test came back positive. Last week, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had announced that three of its deputies tested positive for the virus, without disclosing the identities of the MPs.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.
Erdoğan’s primary goal is to keep the oppositional forces split and not face the massive loss of the June 2015 elections once again, which saw the AKP lose its parliamentary majority. The same applies to the local elections of 2019, where the AKP lost its grip on all the country’s major cities. Erdoğan will resort to any means available to remain president, for good.
MHP deputy throws punch at CHP MP Özel as tensions run high over Berberoğlu’s expulsion from parliament
A deputy from the MHP has thrown a punch at main opposition CHP deputy Özgür Özel at the parliament. The attack on Özel came after the CHP protested the removal of the parliamentary status of Enis Berberoğlu by deliberately slowing down a voting process at the parliament.