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Turkish voters ring changes in nail-biting local elections

Apr 01 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Arab News

ANKARA: Local elections held in Turkey on Sunday resulted in a significant shift in the governance of the country.

Voters in Turkey’s major cities turned their backs on officials from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party and instead opted for administration by candidates from opposition groups.

After a nail-biting count of votes in the first municipal ballot since Turks approved constitutional reform in 2017, the “prize” cities of Istanbul and the capital Ankara fell to rival parties.

Opposition Nation Alliance promises return to parliamentary system

Jun 22 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

In a joint statement released yesterday, the Nation Alliance promised to return to the parliamentary system if elected.

The parties in the Nation Alliance, namely the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Good Party (İP), the Felicity Party (SP) and the Democrat Party (DP), said that when and if they obtain a majority in Parliament, the political governing system is to be reconstructed in line with the principles of separation of powers and pluralistic democracy.

Record expat voter turnout for Turkey's elections

Jun 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
TRT World

Almost half of Turkish voters living abroad cast votes in Turkey’s June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections – a higher turnout than in previous polls, the nation's top election official said on Wednesday.

More than 1.48 million Turkish expats went to the polls between June 7 and 19, a turnout of 48.78 percent, Sadi Guven, head of the Supreme Election Council (YSK), told reporters in the capital Ankara, adding that the voting at foreign missions in 60 countries had occurred without incident.

Opposition candidates offer each other vice president seats ahead of election

Jun 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

nly four days ahead of Turkey's June 24 presidential and parliamentary snap elections, top opposition candidates for the Turkish head of state announced that they will appoint each other for vice presidential seats as a sign of increasing cooperation between their recently forged electoral alliance.

Jailed presidential candidate of HDP makes landmark pre-recorded election speech from prison

Jun 18 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), made his campaign speech on the state broadcaster TRT on June 17 from prison, marking a first in Turkey and the world's political histo

Erdoğan says state of emergency may be lifted after elections

Jun 08 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said the state of emergency may be lifted after the presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.

Speaking at a live interview on CNN Turk news channel, Erdoğan said his government will discuss in details and make necessary assessments to lift the state of emergency imposed following the deadly coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

"Our fight against the Gülenist Terror Group continues with the same tempo as day one," Erdoğan said.

Turkey’s elections to be monitored by 8 international bodies, election watchdog YSK says

Jun 08 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

Eight international organizations will observe Turkey's early presidential and general elections on June 24, Turkish election watchdog announced on Friday.

The Turkish Supreme Board of Election (YSK) has provided accreditation to observers from eight international institutions for the upcoming elections, an official from the top election body told Anadolu Agency.

Jailed HDP candidate Demirtaş makes campaign speech through wife’s phone

Jun 06 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), reached out to voters through his wife’s phone on June 6, holding a campaign “rally” from his prison cell in the northeastern province of Edirne. 

Demirtaş on June 6 issued his first, and possibly only, audio message of the campaign, using the weekly 10-minute telephone call he is permitted to make to his wife Başak.

Turkish opposition agree to work on ‘strengthening parliamentary system’

Jun 04 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Opposition alliance agreed to intensify talks to prepare a roadmap for the post-election period in order to ensure “a strong parliamentary system,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party leaders stated after a meeting.

“The electorate is expecting us to build a strengthened parliamentary system, in which democracy is fully implemented and parliament is strong,” said İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener, after visiting CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at the CHP headquarters on June 4.

Jailed HDP candidate Demirtaş allowed to campaign on state-run TRT

Jun 03 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Supreme Board Election (YSK) has granted Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the right to conduct audio-visual campaigning to be aired on state-run TRT ahead of the June 24 presidential election.

The YSK granted presidential candidates President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Muharrem İnce, Meral Akşener, Temel Karamollaoğlu, Doğu Perinçek and Demirtaş permission to campaign through audio-visual material to appear on state-run TRT.

Top Turkish court rejects appeal against election law

May 31 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) application for the annulment of several articles of the electoral alliance law on the grounds of election security.

The electoral alliance law, allowing political parties to form alliances for the first time in Turkish politics, was ratified by the Parliament on March 13. The court's decision was important as there are only 24 days left for the snap parliamentary and presidential elections in June.

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