President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Cengiz Holding, known for its chairman's close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, received 50 million liras in a tourism grant. The grant reportedly covered almost one third of five-star Ricosta Hotel's costs.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that leaders of foreign countries ask him to talk to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since the Turkish President "only listens to me." "[The foreign leaders said] 'You're the only one that he'll listen to.' You know what, I don't like saying this publicly but it happens to be true. I get along with him and he listens," Trump added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed cooperation on Moscow's recently registered coronavirus vaccine in a phone call. Besides, the presidents focused on certain issues on the bilateral agenda, including the expansion of trade and economic partnership. They agreed to continue contacts at different levels.
Murat Yetkin writes: Although Biden's remarks might have an impact on domestic politics, it is likely not to satisfy Beştepe. If these scandalous statements are to be used as a justification for the thesis that the government’s economic policy is completely correct, but unfortunately under a foreign attack, its impact might be limited to those whatever Erdoğan says is the truth itself.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has suggested returning to an enhanced parliamentary system, as he gave the details of it under nine articles. "It's time for the state of the Turkish Republic to become a state of the people and not a state of individuals, groups or parties," he said, adding that numerous amendments need be made in the constitution, parliament bylaws and regulations to switch to this system.
Turkey drew another rebuke from the European Union on Aug. 16 when it said its Yavuz energy drill ship would extend operations in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until mid-September. Turkey's renewed drilling plan covers a zone delineated by Cyprus and Egypt and raises tensions, said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that former Israeli President Shimon Peres apologized to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his personal phone after the spat at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. "He [Erdoğan] knows that I engaged in backdoor diplomacy for Peres to apologize as a chief advisor and that this apology was conveyed over my personal phone," Davutoğlu said on Aug. 15.
Abortion is practically banned in Turkey, an academic who has been working on the issue has said, adding that majority of the public hospitals don't carry out abortion surgeries. According to Sedef Erkmen, public hospitals in 53 provinces don't carry out the said surgeries upon women's wills, while certain doctors do so in a limited amount of hospitals in the remaining provinces.
Turkey’s ruling party, opposition politicians slam Joe Biden’s past call for US to back Erdoğan opponents
Politicians from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and several opposition parties have slammed U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden over his remarks on Turkish politics. Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that his comments "reflect games and an interventionist approach towards Turkey" and are inconsistent with current diplomatic relations.
Turkey's Youth and Sports Ministry named a gym center after a young man who died during the 2016 coup attempt, but failed to invite his mother to the ceremony. Mother Nihal Olçok Mother Nihal Olçok called out Youth and Sports Minister and asked if he realized "Abdullah has a mother."
Dinçer Demirkent writes: President Erdoğan just appointed rectors to 16 universities across the country. This decision has raised “academic” concerns within universities. Questions have surfaced as to which criteria have been used and to what extent nepotism played a role in these appointments.
Turkey’s Ministry of Education has finally announced that it will delay face-to-face education until September 21. But dilemmas and questions remain.
The United States embassy in Libya has announced U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed in a phone call the steps necessary to achieve a demilitarized zone in central Libya. The phone call was followed by a visit from U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland to senior Turkish officials in Ankara.
CHP member and former presidential candidate Muharrem İnce has kicked off a new movement, as he also slammed his own party. "Our movement consists of individuals experts in their fields. We're preparing for 'victory.' We'll act in line with our vision and the people's wills. The people would finance us just like they did before the presidential elections," İnce said in a press conference on Aug. 13.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 13 that the only solution to Turkey's dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean was through dialogue and negotiation, as the French armed forces ministry said it was sending two Rafale fighter jets and the naval frigate "Lafayette" to the region.