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Gendarmerie asks for fewer, more secure polling stations in Erzincan despite no recent violence

Sep 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

The Erzincan Provincial Gendarmerie Command has asked the provincial electoral board to reduce the number of polling stations and transfer ballot boxes to central locations in the province ahead of the Nov. 1 general election, despite the fact that no violence has occurred in the province recently.

EU progress report on Turkey to highlight problems in rule of law, press freedoms

Sep 29 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

The European Union's progress report on Turkey for 2015, the final version of which will be released on Oct. 14, will express deep concern over growing violations of the rule of law and restrictions on press freedom, according to sources who spoke to Today's Zaman in Brussels.

The EU sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the report will include extensive coverage of these violations. The Kurdish question, issues in public administration, and anti-corruption measures will also be included in the report.

HDP co-chair signals coalition with CHP

Sep 28 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Doğan News Agency

Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş gave signs of a potential coalition with Republican People’s Party (CHP) at a speech during his visit to Germany.

“The CHP, HDP and forces, communities siding with peace, freedom and democracy, should be able to offer a democratic alternative power to Turkey’s society,” said Demirtaş in the Hamburg province of Germany on Sep. 27.

Turkey’s key problem now freedom of press instead of torture, judge says

Sep 28 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

İpek Yezdani-Istanbul

Turkish judge Işıl Karakaş, who was recently elected as the new vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, has said Turkey’s image as a country that tolerates “torture” has been replaced with the image of a country that does not protect the freedom of press.

PACE to observe upcoming snap election

Sep 28 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will send a delegation to Turkey to observe the upcoming Nov. 1 snap election.

According to information acquired by Today's Zaman, PACE will recruit a team of observers consisting of 30 to 35 individuals to monitor the Turkish polls on Nov. 1.

In the previous general election on June 7, a 29-member PACE delegation, led by Tiny Kox from the Unified European Left Group, visited Turkey to observe the polls.

400,000 voters to be affected by transfer of ballot boxes

Sep 28 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

As many as 400,000 voters are at risk of being unable to cast their ballots in the Nov. 1 general election, as many voting stations in the country's eastern and southeastern provinces may be transferred due to a lack of security, which the opposition sees as a move to increase the ruling party's chances.

 

Residents of several villages and neighborhoods in the region will be required to vote elsewhere if the country's top election authority approves decisions made by local election boards.

 

Details of attack on Hürriyet in 11 points

Sep 09 2015
Turkey
Source: 
ABC

Radikal, one of Turkey’s most popular news websites, shares offices with Turkish newspaper Hürriyet and its English-language sister the Hürriyet Daily News. It published the following account as an editorial on Sept. 7, hours after the violent attack carried out on the office building by pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) protesters:

At the moment, around 15 gendarmerie special teams are posted in the garden of our newspaper offices. Why are they here? They are here to protect us, the journalists, because you came to our home carrying stones and sticks. 

HDP files petition for electoral security as CHP rules out delay of snap polls

Sep 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Kurdish problem-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has filed a petition to Turkey's top election body regarding electoral security, as Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu dismissed claims of postponement of the early elections scheduled for Nov. 1.

Turkey's Prime Minister calls on opposition parties to bury the hatchet and discuss coalition

Jun 16 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has urged opposition parties to unclench their fists and turn swords into ploughshares if they want to form a coalition with the Justice and Development Party (AKP). 

 

Gathered with the newly elected deputies of his party, Davutoğlu called on other political parties, which have intentions of forming a coalition government, to have discussions with the AKP.

 

“Let’s talk [about the] future of the country. We can’t get to the field with fists,” he said on June 16.

 

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition says open to coalition without AK Party

Jun 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Thursday it was open to all options for a coalition government other than with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), and that President Tayyip Erdoğan should remain within his constitutional limits.

The HDP was a big winner in a national election on Sunday, crossing the 10 percent threshold to enter parliament for the first time and helping to deprive the AK Party, founded by Erdoğan, of the overall majority it had held for more than a decade.

Erdogan reaparece tras perder su mayoría absoluta

Jun 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
El Mundo

El presidente de Turquía ha pronunciado este jueves su primer discurso tras un período de inquietante silencio posterior a las elecciones legislativas del domingo pasado. Recep Tayyip Erdogan ofreció una comparecencia dominada por una llamada al diálogo doméstico y renovados ataques a Occidente.

Tras las preceptivas referencias al acto institucional, el cierre del sustancioso programa de becas nacional, Erdogan centró sus palabras en los últimos comicios. En ellos el Partido Justicia y Desarrollo (AKP), que él lideró hasta 2014, perdió la mayoría absoluta ostentada desde 2002.

La izquierda kurda acaba con el 'sultanato' del presidente Erdogan

Jun 08 2015
Turkey
Source: 
El Mundo

La mayor pesadilla del presidente de Turquía se llamó en la noche del domingo Semo. Semo era uno de los miles de kurdos que, tras votar en masa, tomaron las calles de la ciudad kurda de Diyarbakir celebrando la entrada en el parlamento del Partido Democrático de los Pueblos (HDP). "Ésta es una victoria de kurdos, pero también de turcos, de alevíes, de armenios, de laz y de circasianos. El pueblo ha ganado", declaró Semo a EL MUNDO.

Turquía decide su destino con gran afluencia a las urnas

Jun 07 2015
Turkey
Source: 
El País

Los cerca de 54 millones de turcos que hoy están llamados a las urnas para decidir el destino de su país están ejerciendo su derecho en un ambiente, en general, tranquilo, pese a la violencia que ha precedido a estos comicios durante la polarizada campaña electoral, en la que se han producido atentados, ataques a las sedes de los partidos y peleas que han dejado media docena de muertos y cientos de heridos.

Opposition parties slam ruling AKP over democracy, economy, Syria

May 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey's three leading opposition parties slammed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) over what they portrayed as a weakened democracy, worsened economy and botched Syria policy during their May 30 rallies.

"Would you say 'yes' to HDP to end the system of slavery?" the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş asked hundreds of thousands of his party's supporters during their campaign rally at Kazlıçeşme Square in Istanbul.

Erdogan, presidente y 'jefe de campaña' de los islamistas

May 18 2015
Turkey
Source: 
El Mundo

Las críticas a la sobreexposición mediática en precampaña de Recep Tayyip Erdogan ocupan en la agenda el hueco de las promesas electorales. A pesar de que su cargo lo obliga a ser neutral, el presidente Erdogan disimula poco al pedir votos para el gobernante Partido Justicia y Desarrollo (AKP). Ahmet Davutoglu, elegido por Erdogan como primer ministro al dejar el AKP para ser jefe de Estado, defendió a su mentor el domingo en un mitin.

 

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