President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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.
A government-led and much-vaunted water supply project that connects Turkey to Northern Cyprus through an undersea pipeline has turned into a tender scandal.
Former deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey has returned to the poor years of the 1970s. “The only reason for this is the bad policies of the government. With the right policies, Turkey can become a self-sufficient country," he told.
Recipients for Turkey's Presidential Awards for Culture and Arts will effectively be chosen by the president himself, a list of regulations in the Official Gazette said. The winners of a vote among the judges will be up for approval by President Erdoğan before they can be awarded.
The government seeks to hide the trial into President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's relatives' transactions to an off-shore company in the Isle of Man from public eye, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies said in their objection to a judicial package currently discussed in parliament. "A confidentiality order may be imposed on the Isle of Man case on concerns that it will effect the government," it said.
Former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is reportedly seeking to become the vice president when a change in the cabinet takes place, contrary to the rumors on his will to become a parliament speaker. Yıldırım has been off duty ever since the Istanbul elections were won decisively by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
The government may be preparing to take steps against social peace, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Erdoğan Toprak said on the calls to shut Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) down, as he pointed to the fact that the calls took place simultaneously with the appointment of Bekir Şahin as the chief public prosecutor of the Court of Cassation by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Hagia Sophia means “Holy Wisdom” in Greek, and according to the holy wisdom of Turkish politics, if “reconquering the Hagia Sophia” is becoming the motto, the target to redesign the political, electoral and legislative scene is looming over the horizon in Turkey.
A foundation close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be closing down 25 of its dormitories due to financial struggles, daily Birgün reported on June 8. "We will use our resources to the 21 dormitories we will maintain and to our education services that will continue to diversify and expand," TÜRGEV said.
Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), of which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter Sümeyye Erdoğan Bayraktar is the deputy chair, said that the trend called "men should know their place, which aims to show men how their years-long sexism affect women, has come to a point that "harms our values."
Low-level bureaucrats’ appointments by president harmed hierarchy within state: High-level gov’t officials
The appointments of low-level bureaucrats by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harmed the hierarchical structure within the state, high-level ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have told Duvar. "There are general managers who don't comply with what ministers tell them. They say, 'Both of us were appointed by the president.' Is this acceptable?" one official said.
A recent answer to a parliamentary question has revealed that foreign companies to date have purchased 791,370 square meters of real estate near the planned construction site of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project.
Murat Yetkin writes: January 2020 was a turning point in terms of Turkish-Italian relations. It would soon become clear that this wasn’t limited to diplomatic relations. We now learned that the two countries were conducting a joint intelligence operation amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Nevertheless, the most evident aspect, at the time, had to do with diplomacy.
The presidential communications director of Turkey, which is the country that ranks near bottom of various press freedom indexes and is the world's biggest jailer of journalists, condemned the wounding of TRT World journalists by police in the United States and urged press freedom. "Press freedom is the backbone of democracy," Fahrettin Altun tweeted late on June 1. "I will raise this issue with the relevant U.S. officials without delay," he also said.
Erdoğan slams description of Istanbul’s conquest as ‘occupation’ a week after minister calls it as such
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed those deeming Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire "an occupation," a week after Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy called it as such. "In the recent days, some ignorant people are attempting to describe it as occupation," Erdoğan said a week after Ersoy called it an occupation.