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.
Turkish President Recep Erdoğan welcomed a new grandson in the early hours of June 30. The president's eighth grandchild was born to Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Esra Erdoğan.
Former Justice Minister Şevket Kazan died March 9 at the age of 86 in Ankara. He was known and highly criticized for wanting to defend the assailants of the Sivas Massacre of 1993 that killed 37 people, mostly Alevi intellectuals. He also made controversial comments about the 'One Minute of Dark for Lasting Light' protest of Feb. 1, 1997, where citizens condemned the Susurluk Scandal in which government-police-mafia ties were revealed by a traffic accident on Nov. 3, 1996.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 5 to discuss escalating tensions in the northern Syrian province of Idlib. The two leaders agreed on a new ceasefire in Idlib which will be effective starting at 12 a.m. on March 6.
Turkey's social media celebrated President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's 66th birthday with the hashtags "Happy Birthday Man of the People" and "Happy Birthday RTE." Erdoğan himself shared a video message expressing his gratitude. "I will never leave you alone," Erdoğan said in his video response.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said 2020 will be the "year of Patara" on Feb. 12. Patara is an ancient city located in located in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city of Antalya which served as the Lycian civilization's main port city.
Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mübariz Mansimov Gurbanoğlu is under investigation over suspected links to the Gülen network. Gurbanoğlu is known to have struck various deals with companies owned by the family of President Erdoğan.