Turkish opposition blasts proposal for new gov’t environmental agency as ‘corrupt, nepotistic scheme’
Turkey's three opposition parties have denounced a recent proposal by the AKP for the establishment of the Turkey Environmental Agency, which they claim will pave the way for corruption and nepotism. "It runs parallel or even rival to the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning in terms of its inspection authority but it itself is exempt from both internal and external inspection,” the CHP said.
The AKP and its ally MHP on Oct. 21 rejected the HDP's demand to investigate what really unfolded during the 2014 Kobane protests for the 10th time. The HDP's demand came after dozens of its members, including co-mayors of the eastern province of Kars, were arrested over the protests six years later earlier this month.
Some 32 deputies in parliament failed to take the stand except to take an oath, daily BirGün reported on Oct. 21. A total of 27 of said deputies were members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), receiving more than 500,000 liras in annual salaries when combined.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that President Erdoğan's ideas are even more backward than those of the Middle Ages, adding that Turkey is more backward than a tribe at the moment. Do we have any traditions, constitution or justice left? No. I wish we were a tribe so that we could sit and discuss," Kılıçdaroğlu told his party members during a parliamentary group meeting on Oct. 20.
The İYİ Party is in disarray after deputy Ümit Özdağ claimed that the party's Istanbul chair, Buğra Kavuncu, is a Gülenist. While Kavuncu blasted the allegations and said that he will file a complaint against Özdağ, İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener said that the legal process gives the deputy the opportunity to prove his claims.
A summary of proceedings was prepared against CHP Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel for calling Erdoğan "a lame duck" in 2019, when in fact Erdoğan used the same for the CHP a day earlier. Özel said that the prosecutor who accuses him of insulting the president needs to launch an investigation into Erdoğan as well since he used the same phrase against the main opposition.
In the government's latest attempt to criminalize the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), summary of proceedings have been prepared against 18 of its deputies, bringing charges against them for attending demonstrations and for making statements including the word "Kurdistan."
Turkish environmental organizations' protest against draft legislation that would censor publications about agriculture resulted in the problematic articles being retracted. The draft bill would have formed a parliamentary commission that could veto all publications about agriculture if found "misleading."
A local court on Oct. 13 rejected former CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu's demand for a retrial despite a previous top court ruling. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the decision, saying that everyone needs to abide by the constitution. "The constitution binds us all, but a local court says it won't abide by it. So, a citizen can say, 'I'm not going to pay taxes.' This forms the basis of chaos," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Turkish opposition parties have been working on a wide ranging alliance program that will include promises on various issues, including a return to the parliamentary system. The promises will also include enhancing the justice system and freedoms. Nearly all of the opposition parties have been working on constitutional changes in line with the return to the parliamentary system, sources said.
Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has said that the Turkish Lira's devaluation against foreign currencies is to blame for the cause of the surge in baby food prices in Turkey.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül has commented on MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for the restructuring of the Constitutional Court, saying that any amendment with regards to the structure of the top court requires the parliament's support. “Any change can be done for the sake of democracy and rule of law. And it is the parliament that can do this,” he said.
AKP deputy Cengiz Aydoğdu has admitted that "something happened" when asked about the incident of throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter in the eastern province of Van. "Yes, something happened and the prosecutor's office launched a probe," Aydoğdu said in a speech in parliament on Oct. 7.
Turkish parliament has ratified a motion to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.
The Turkish Presidency on Oct. 1 submitted a motion to Parliament to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.