Turkey's presidential system blocks a possible solution to the years-long Kurdish issue, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Mithat Sancar said, adding that opposition parties need to bring democracy forward. "This system blocks a solution. The government makes bringing the discussions on the most basic subjects regarding the Kurdish issue to agenda impossible," Sancar said.
Felicity Party leader Temel Karamollaoğlu has accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of planning to rig the next elections. "I'm saying that they will rig the elections. Understand it as you please. They'll intervene in the number of votes, because they did so in the past. They killed people near ballot boxes," he said, referring to the killing of two Felicity Party members during March 31, 2019 local elections.
CHP Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has prepared a report on rights violations in Turkey in April, saying that there were 271 instances that the right to life was violated. Tanrıkulu, in his report, also cited violations related to COVID-19, mainly stemming from the government's bans on opposition municipalities from carrying out aid campaigns.
One third of the young opposition voters in Turkey support the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), according to a poll conducted by the Eurasia Public Opinion Research Center (AKAM). While the total votes of the HDP rally around 11 percent, some 35 percent of the youth said that they would vote for it. AKAM chair Kemal Özkiraz said that three fourth of the youth who recently became voters prefer opposition parties, adding that they are not affected by the "slanders" aimed at the said parties.
Nearly half of the youth who vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wants to live abroad, a survey carried out by the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV) said, adding that the overall percentage stood at 62.5 percent. "Half of the youth who vote for the AKP want to live abroad even though they have been feeling the government's security for 18 years," SODEV head Ertan Aksoy said.
Eren Yıldırım, the CHP's Yüreğir district youth branch head, was arrested over allegedly attacking a group of aid workers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Yıldırım was arrested upon orders from the government. I condemn the judiciary for issuing rulings upon orders," CHP deputy leader Onursal Adıgüzel said.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that the government will change in the next elections since people will hand power to those advocating democracy. "The people are seeing that our beautiful country is not being governed properly and that we're heading downhill like a truck with no brakes. They also know that the only way to get rid of this course depends on their choice in the next elections," he said.
MHP steps in to reinforce parliamentary wall against new parties to cover AKP’s concerns on losing deputies
The MHP has stepped in to complicate the efforts of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) and Future Party, both founded by former high-level AKP officials, to form parliamentary groups necessary for them to run in elections, in a bid to cover AKP's concerns on losing deputies. MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli called for making changes in the election law and parliamentary bylaws even though the two new parties would barely get deputies from the MHP.
Six members of Congress, including Ilhan Omar, penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging the government to engage with Ankara to secure the release of political prisoners in Turkey, requesting that the U.S. government discuss the equitable application of release policies, particularly in the context of U.S. financial or other material assistance to Turkey.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has denied former deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder's remarks on the right-wing İYİ (Good) Party having consulted them in the past. Another politician to comment on Önder's claims was experienced politician Ahmet Türk, the sacked mayor of the southeastern province of Mardin, who said that he was surprised to hear them. There are things that need to be kept hidden in politics," Türk said.
Kılıçdaroğlu says several CHP MPs can quit and join DEVA, Future parties to secure their run in elections
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that a number of CHP lawmakers can quit and join the DEVA and the Future parties to secure their run in elections. "We can definitely provide support to DEVA and the Future Party for democracy. That's why we want the election threshold removed. All parties must be represented in parliament," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Turkish Interior Ministry has allowed a total of 27 investigations to be launched into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over a number of allegations belonging to his term as a the mayor of the city's Beylikdüzü district, Istanbul Municipality said on May 13. The municipality noted that the permit lacks legal basis, adding that İmamoğlu filed a complaint against the decision to the Council of State.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is the only party that managed to increase its votes since the June 24, 2018 general elections, a poll said, adding that four parties would pass the 10 percent election threshold if elections were today, while the HDP would fail to enter parliament. According to the poll, the AKP lost 5 percent of its votes.
Turkish leftist daily Evrensel's chief editor Fatih Polat was called to testify over a column penned by Ragıp Zarakolu in which he criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via comparing him to former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed by hanging. "I and our news editor Görkem Kınacı were called to testify over Ragıp Zarakolu's column, which didn't have a single sentence that supports a coup," Polat said on Twitter.
Istanbul Municipal Council's members from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have significantly decreased the municipality's resources despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, prompting criticism from Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu for being politically-motivated. "I should underline that these decisions will go down in history. This is wrong during the pandemic period," he said.