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Voting starts for more than 90,000 Turkish citizens in US for Nov 1 snap elections

Oct 19 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The polls opened for more than 90,000 Turkish citizens living in the United States on Oct. 17 for the snap Turkish parliamentary elections on Nov. 1, and will last until Oct. 25. 

Ballot boxes at seven Turkish representatives across the U.S. were set up on Oct. 17 for some 91,304 Turkish electorates living in the U.S. to cast their votes for the upcoming elections. 

Turkish voters have begun to vote at Turkey’s representatives in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Miami.

Merkel shifts EU-Turkey stance upon migrant crisis

Oct 19 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to give support to four Turkish demands on which Ankara has insisted in return for agreeing to a migrant action plan with the European Union.

“There are four elements. Germany is ready to give support on these issues,” Merkel said Oct. 18 during a joint press conference with her Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoğlu. 

Merkel made the trip to Turkey amid increasing pressure at home after hundreds of thousands of refugees poured into Germany over the summer.

AKP is the source of instability in Turkey: MHP head

Oct 19 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The source of the current instability in Turkey was the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s nationalist leader has said while delivering a speech to a huge crowd at an election rally in Istanbul.

“Turkey is going to the polls [again]… It is clear, in the current environment and conditions, the reason for instability [in Turkey] is the AKP,” Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli said on Oct. 18, during his party’s election rally in Istanbul’s Yenikapı neighborhood, Cihan News Agency reported.

Former HDP candidate claims he was tortured while detained following Ankara bombing

Oct 19 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

A Kurdish problem-oriented Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy candidate for the June 7 elections has claimed he was tortured while under detention for allegedly sharing posts on Twitter which gave information in advance about the Ankara bombing on Oct. 10, daily Cumhuriyet reported on its website on Oct. 18.

The HDP deputy candidate for the June 7 elections and Özgür Gündem columnist, identified only by the initials M.S.P., said he had been ill-treated and tortured while detained by the Anti-Terror Department in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa. 

Deep divisions in Turkey in democracy as election nears, Pew survey says

Oct 16 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

According to a survey released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday, Turks are split on whether democracy in their country is working while positive perception of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is at its lowest point since 2012.

The survey of 947 people, which was conducted between April 5 and May 15, showed the majority of Turks still prefer a democratic form of government rather than a leader with a strong hand.

CHP decides to cancel election rallies, MHP to resume as planned

Oct 14 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has decided to completely cancel all its public election rallies, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has opted to continue as planned with the rest of its campaign rallies ahead of the Nov. 1 snap election.

“We have decided to resume the campaign process via initiating one-to-one-contacts with citizens and through district visits instead of mass rallies,” Erdoğan Toprak, the chief advisor to CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, told state-run Anadolu Agency on Oct. 13, citing the Oct. 10 deadly bomb attack in Ankara. 

Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş released pending trial

Oct 14 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

The İstanbul 8th Penal Court of Peace ruled on Wednesday to release Today's Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş pending trial after deliberating on a petition by the lawyers of Keneş, who was arrested on Saturday and detained at Silivri Prison.

Keneş's lawyer, Hasan Günaydın, challenged on Monday the decision to arrest his client, submitting a 14-page petition to the İstanbul 7th Penal Court of Peace. Günaydın asked the court to reconsider its ruling or send the petition to another court to look into.

Two polling stations moved despite YSK’s rejection in Turkey’s southeast

Oct 13 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Two polling stations in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şırnak have been moved despite a decision by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejecting the relocation of ballot boxes for “security” reasons.   

The election council in Şırnak’s İdil district reached a decision to move two polling stations located in schools to two other schools within the same neighborhood. The council’s decision was announced through the municipality’s speakers. 

Political parties suspend election rallies over Ankara bombing

Oct 12 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Turkish political parties decided to suspend their upcoming election rallies on Oct. 12 ahead of the Nov. 1 snap elections following the Oct. 10 Ankara twin blasts which claimed at least 97 lives and wounded hundreds. 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP), holder of the caretaker government, decided to suspend holding election rallies until Oct. 16 in the aftermath of the Oct. 10 suicide bombing in the run-up to the snap polls on Nov.1. 

AK Party deputy criticized after message threatening opposition, media

Oct 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Criticism is mounting against Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Aydın Ünal over controversial remarks about the deadly bomb attack in Ankara on Saturday that targeted some opposition parties and critical media outlets.

“We are watching the CHP [Republican People's Party] and the HDP [Peoples' Democratic Party] administration, as well as the Doğan/Fethullah media which swarm on the blood spilt in Ankara. You will be drowned in that blood,” tweeted Ünal on Saturday.

Judges violate European Convention on Human Rights in Keneş case

Oct 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker and leading human rights defender Mahmut Tanal said the judges who decided to arrest and jail Today's Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş have violated articles of the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

“The judges who decided on the case of Keneş and examined the challenges to his detention cannot overlook the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the convention,” he said.

Two ministers should be removed for role in Ankara blast, CHP leader tells Davutoğlu

Oct 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said he told Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu that the interior minister and justice minister must either resign or be removed from office due to their role in the Ankara attack, speaking in a press conference in Ankara late on Oct. 11.

How the editor-in-chief of Today’s Zaman was illegally arrested

Oct 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

With less than a month to go before the early general election, pressure applied by the government on critical media is increasing day by day.

After several television stations offering views critical of the government were dropped by Tivibu and Digitürk, the country's largest satellite TV subscription service, Bülent Keneş, the editor-in-chief of Today's Zaman, was arrested on Friday over tweets in which he allegedly insulted the president. Keneş was taken to the Metris Prison on Saturday after the İstanbul 7th Penal Court of Peace ruled to arrest him pending trial.

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