President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President Erdoğan has said that the southeastern border province of Şırnak has the same advantages as the other 80 provinces. "What exists in Turkey's 80 other provinces in the name of democracy, rights and freedoms exists here. We serve on the basis of democracy and development for everyone. We have been doing in Şırnak whatever we have been doing for Turkey's development since we came to power," Erdoğan said.
Ankara-backed presidential candidate Ersin Tatar won the elections in Turkish Cyprus. In his victory speech, Tatar thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with whom he has strong relations. They will never tear the ties between us and Turkey," he said. "Yes, we are open to an agreement with Cyprus but the Turkish Cypriot people will accept the terms of this agreement with a free will," he added.
President Erdoğan on Oct. 17 announced the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea, following a similar find in August. As a result of testing, analysis and detailed engineering work, another 85 billion cubic meters were added to the reserves we had discovered. The total amount of natural gas reserves in the TUNA-1 well of the Sakarya Gas Field reached 405 billion cubic meters," Erdoğan said.
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.
From President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s passion for large roads to the sprightly octogenarians’ desire to “enlarge the balcony just a bit,” the Turks just love construction – even at the risk of bending local laws.
The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for antagonizing Chairwoman Şebnem Korur Fincancı. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) frequently target activists and human rights associations that are critical of the government, employing threatening language and branding them as terrorists and traitors of the nation.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 14 targeted the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), saying that they have links to "terrorism." Erdoğan said the TTB and other professional associations "are clearly acting in a way that is against the constitution" and the matter has "reached an unbearable level."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 14 he will announce the total size of gas reserves found in the country's largest-ever discovery. "On Oct. 17 we will go to the Fatih drill ship and announce the new reserve amount," Erdoğan said in a speech to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers in parliament.
Feyyaz Öztürk, a man claiming to be an intelligence operative, has told Austrian police that he was ordered to kill Aygül Berivan Aslan, a former Green Party lawmaker of Kurdish descent and a vocal critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He has since been detained by Austrian prosecutors, who are now investigating him on suspicion of working for a foreign military intelligence service.
Turkey showed the world how to protect a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential aide Ibrahim Kalın said on Oct. 13. Noting that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had been isolated in the Huber Mantion in Istanbul for 70 days, the aide said that the staff in Ankara's presidential palace get tested everyday.
The public tender and the tax incentive blatantly given to Kalyon Construction last week is the product of a cartelization that has created its own oligarchs. Turkey’s regime is the product of this blend in which a particular class has effortlessly seized a significant portion of the nation’s reserves, its accumulation, and in fact, its wealth.
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.
The elections in Northern Cyprus have turned into a referendum whether to unite with Turkey or reject unification. The “Unification of Northern Cyprus with Turkey” is an impossible idea: it is just as utopic as the unilateral opening of Varosha or turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Such possibilities seem “impossible” one day, but they are reality the next.
A report prepared by the CHP has put forward the changes in the stances of President Erdoğan and his AKP on China's treatment of the Uyghurs. While Erdoğan referred to China's treatment of the Uyghurs in 2009 as a genocide, the trade between the two countries nowadays has made the government fear from economic consequences if it takes a firm stance on the East Turkestan issue.
Tolga Şirin writes: We are witnessing a downfall of the ECHR in Turkish public opinion. The problematic conduct of formal relations with Ankara is not the only reason for that. This also has to do with some recent controversial judgements. One example is the Court's March 2020 judgement on the Altıntaş Case which had symbolic importance for the left-wing opposition in Turkey as it had to do with famous 1968 generation leader Mahir Çayan. The Court's judgement contradicted both its ongoing case-law and the reality of Turkish political fora.