As extremist violence and political uncertainty cast a shadow over Turkey, voters are looking for Sunday's parliamentary election to usher in stability. But in a deeply polarized country, the most likely result is more confusion.
Global press organizations including the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), PEN International and the International Press Institute (IPI) have decried a government-led takeover of Koza İpek Holding, which owns media outlets that are critical of the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.
The names of around 672,000 people who cast their votes in the June 7 general election are missing from the voter lists that were prepared ahead of the Nov. 1 snap election, according to a statement made by Republican People's Party (CHP) İzmir deputy Erdal Aksünger during a press conference on Monday in İzmir.
A Justice and Development Party (AKP) official’s suggestion that Turkey will again head to the polls if the Nov. 1 polls do not produce a majority government are tantamount to blackmail of the country, the main opposition has said.
“If a result resembling the June 7 results emerges, I’m afraid there will again be talk of elections,” AKP Deputy Chair Mehmet Ali Şahin said recently.
The Nov. 1 snap election is the key to getting Turkey out of the instability and insecurity it was dragged into after the June 7 election, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has argued, while reiterating an earlier warning to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be fair in its evaluation of the upcoming elections.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is expecting a comeback of nearly 7 percent of its voters, who had earlier casted their vote for the party but stepped back in the June 7 election, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said.
“The political outlook that emerged after [the] June 7 [election] will bring the AKP new votes due to a search for political sustainability and a powerful government,” Kurtulmuş told Hürriyet Daily News during an interview on Oct. 26.
The number of Turkish citizens who cast their votes at Turkey’s missions abroad and at boarder gates for the Nov. 1 elections up until Oct. 25 increased by more than 230,000 people in comparison to the June 7 elections.
Out of 2,899,000 voters who reside abroad and were eligible to vote for the Nov. 1 polls in Turkey’s 113 foreign missions in 54 countries and at border gates, around 1,264,000 of them cast their votes between Oct. 8 and 25.
Oy ve Ötesi (Vote and Beyond), a civil society initiative that has mobilized thousands of people to monitor the reliability and transparency of the vote counting process in an effort to prevent election fraud ahead of the snap election on Nov. 1, has brushed off accusations by the pro-government media that it has teamed up with anti-government groups to itself commit election fraud.
Nearly 1.5 million of the 3 million Turkish citizens living abroad did not vote in the Turkish general election, scheduled for Nov. 1 in Turkey itself, with voting ending at 9 p.m. on Sunday in the voters' respective countries.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has asked his supporters to bring his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to single party rule again in Nov. 1 general elections, asking them “not to make me obliged” to meet opposition leader Devlet Bahçeli and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for coalition talks.
Turkey’s nationalist opposition leader has given a stark warning a week before the Nov. 1 snap elections, suggesting the rise of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power as a single-party government might lead to “chaos,” as it would encourage President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to impose his aspirations for a presidential system.
“The Nov. 1 elections are more important than the June 7 elections. The results of this election may lead to notable chaos [and] nightmares [for the country],” Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said late on Oct. 22.
The Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) refusal to take disciplinary action against Istanbul deputy Abdurrahim Boynukalın indicates that it supports recent physical attacks against the offices of daily Hürriyet, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.
A document recently brought to public attention by the FOX TV channel has revealed that in September, the National Police Department warned police stations across the country to take strict security precautions because the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was planning to carry out a large-scale attack in Turkey.
Acting prime minister and Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Chairman Ahmet Davutoğlu signaled his party's intention to establish a matchmaking agency in order to assist those who wish to get married, during an election rally on Thursday.
Davutoğlu's remarks, which sparked wide commentary on Turkish social media, came during a rally in Şanlıurfa, where he called on people to turn to the government if they have difficulty finding a spouse.
A delegation of the world's leading watchdogs for press freedom ended an unprecedented emergency press freedom mission to Turkey, expressing solidarity with Turkish journalists and calling for an end to the aggressive oppression of the media that it said was hurting Turkish democracy.
Opposition party leaders have furiously responded to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s claims that a government without the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would lead to a period similar to the 1990s, an era of unsolved murders and disappearances mostly in the predominantly Kurdish-populated eastern and southeastern Anatolia.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has ramped up the rhetoric against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, saying he should “look in the mirror” if he wants to see a murderer, referring to Demirtaş’s chanting of “murderer state” after the deadly Oct.