Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has responded to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's accusations on CHP municipalities acting similar to "terrorist organizations," saying that they keep their silence for the good of the people. "For now, we're hearing the harsh accusations coming behind us, but keep going without saying anything. We don't have time to lose with the people shouting behind us. We keep running forward for the people," İmamoğlu said.
İYİ Party deputy Aytun Çıray has asked Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to explain the reasons for why an unusual increase in the number of deaths took place in Istanbul this year compared to last year. "In 2019, the number of people who died in Istanbul between March 11 and April 15 is 7,710. The number is 10,317 in the same time period in 2020. It can be clearly seen that it's not an ordinary increase," he said.
Government spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said that the coronavirus measures may be lifted gradually after Eid al-Fitr, which ends on May 26, if precautions are abided by. "We're thinking of lifting limitations gradually," he said, adding that some 25,000 Turkish citizens abroad wanted to return to Turkey to spend Eid al-Fitr in the country. "They will be brought to Turkey. It's a source of pride when the practices in other countries are examined," Çelik said.
The HDP has filed a complaint against Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency over a story on n "a woman, who got married at the age of 14, waiting for her husband to get out of jail," saying that it normalizes and promotes child sexual abuse. "Making the marriage of a 14-year-old child seem legitimate is without a doubt a crime and shouldn't be left unpunished," the HDP said.
DEVA Party leader Ali Babacan has said that Turkey shouldn't rule out borrowing loans from the international institutions, saying that it should choose cheap IMF loans over high-cost borrowing from markets. "Turkey has the right to use them with unconditional 1 percent interest. Instead of going to the markets and paying 7 percent, we can get loans from these institutions with 1 percent," he said.
Mümtaz Şenel, mayor of the Yeşilova district of the southwestern province of Burdur who is known with his efforts to protect Lake Salda, dubbed "Turkey's Maldives," and his wife Fatma Şenel were shot by unknown assailants, who reportedly told the couple that they were police officers, at around 4:30 a.m. The couple were taken to a hospital and two people were detained over the incident.
The Adana Provincial Health Directorate has sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) off over "not being sanitary." According to the directorate, a license application was not filed by the municipality before its construction.
Mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı has thanked MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who is a close friend of his, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a bill that paved the way for his release. He also called on the newly-released prisoners to act responsibly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Interior ministry launches probe into Istanbul Mayor over collection of donations against coronavirus
The Interior Ministry has launched a probe into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over the municipality's donation campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to İmamoğlu, the block on the donations has been ongoing. "If you see a wrong procedure, you can launch an investigation into the Istanbul Mayor, but you can't block the citizens' donations," he said.
Notorious mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı, whose ties to the deep state and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are known, was released from prison on April 16 as part of a bill that allows some 90,000 convicts and arrestees to be freed in a bid to ease overcrowding in jails in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Journalists and political prisoners, however, won't be released since they were excluded from the bill.
Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that the heads of all the AKP provincial organizations wanted to resign when he quit his role as prime minister in 2016. "This is the first time I'm saying this. All the provincial groups said, 'Allow us to hand our resignations as well.' Selim Temurci, then AKP Istanbul provincial head, said, 'We approved your party leadership nine months ago. All the provincial heads will resign. We stand with you,'" he said.
Singer Şükriye Tutkun and art director Yudum Yontan, two neighbors of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun, has come to their defense over reports of his illegal construction in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. They said that the land that the construction was made was a dump where drug addicts were dwelling in, hence finding the construction a positive move for the neighborhood.
Turkey began releasing prisoners under tight security on April 15 after passing a bill on releasing thousands of convicts and arrestees to ease overcrowding in prisons in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A day earlier, Erdoğan praised the law over "meeting the expectations of the citizens at a higher rate regarding the manifestation of justice," despite criticism of it for leaving politicians and journalists out.
Haydar Baş, the leader of the Independent Turkey Party (BTP), died at the age of 73 on April 14 at a hospital that he was receiving treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered condolences to Baş's family.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca had a serious argument over the former's short-notice coronavirus curfew announcement, pro-government daily Hürriyet columnist Hande Fırat said on April 14. The ministers reportedly talked on the phone on April 11, a day after Soylu announced that a curfew will be imposed in 31 provinces on the weekend.