Future Party leader and former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) over "using" Hagia Sophia as "political leverage." He also commented on the imprisonment of three opposition deputies, saying, "They weren't arrested over a search for justice. They were arrested because the government, which fails to generate politics, is in a deadlock."
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's guard chief Koray Aslan was forced to retire over "a lack of cadres." Aslan is known with his efforts to save Kılıçdaroğlu from a lynching attempt in the Çubuk district of the capital Ankara in April 2019.
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.
AKP group deputy chair Mehmet Muş has said that the party is "clarifying" the issues related to the planned transfer of the main opposition CHP's stakes in Turkey’s largest listed lender İşbank. "We are clarifying the question marks. Await news from us,” Muş told journalists on June 5.
‘A new period in politics is beginning,’ AKP says after jailing of politicians stripped of MP status
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have said that a new period is beginning in Turkish politics following the jailing of three opposition politicians, whose parliamentary statuses were stripped on June 4, adding that the day is a "milestone." While the move was met with surprise among the opposition ranks, the AKP knew about it for a week, government sources told Duvar.
The Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) has speeded up its efforts of mobilization as Turkey entered the normalization process following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DEVA's founding members have set up 18 commissions which will be tasked with the establishment of party organizations in all of Turkey's 81 provinces.
HDP lawmakers Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları and main opposition CHP Enis Berberoğulları were stripped of their statuses as members of parliament on June 4. Deputies chanted slogans against fascism and the ruling AKP. They also slammed the party for being "putschists."
Turkey's government-allied MHP has proposed giving police electroshock devices in order for them to "protect themselves," citing "increased attacks on police." "It's clear that the use of new equipment is needed amid increasing attacks on our police," MHP deputy Halil Öztürk said, although it was unclear which incidents he was referring to since, contrary to his remarks, police brutality has been on the rise.
Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun has claimed that the left-wing Antifa movement is "cooperating" with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Altun's comment came after U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would declare the Antifa movement a terrorist organization over its role at protests and riots in the country.
Ten new political parties were founded in Turkey in the past five months, increasing the total number to 91. Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), which was founded by former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, is among the said parties. Former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu founded his Future Party earlier than the said time period, in late 2019.
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.
Turkish daily forced to publish 3 disclaimers over report on presidential aide’s controversial construction
Turkish daily Cumhuriyet was forced to publish three disclaimers over a report on Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's controversial construction. It published three "reply and correction" disclaimers on its front page over its report that the Istanbul Municipality demolished a pergola and fireplace which were "illegally" constructed on a plot rented by Altun overlooking the Bosphorus in the Kuzguncuk district.
AKP officials believe that DEVA leader Ali Babacan aims to make former president Abdullah Gül a presidential candidate. An AKP official also claimed that the new parties will form a right-wing alliance with İYİ (Good) Party and the Felicity Party to ensure that there's a second round, which would be the third alliance in the Turkish political scene.
HDP deputy leader Alican Önlü said that the party will launch "an all out struggle against fascism," adding that it's need in the face of "all out attacks." He noted that the HDP has been carrying out discussions for a long time on how to stop fascism and construct the new era.