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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.

 

Muere el líder del último golpe de Estado sangriento en Turquía

May 10 2015
Turkey
Source: 
El Mundo

El golpista ex jefe del Estado Mayor turco y Presidente hasta 1989,Kenan Evren, ha muerto este sábado a los 97 años en Ankara, la capital de Turquía.

 

Evren será recordado por el brutal golpe de Estado de 1980, por el que cumplía cadena perpetua, en el que se ejecutó a cincuenta presos y se detuvo a medio millón de personas. También por haber fundado la Constitución que sigue vigente en Turquía y por propugnar una ideología política islamonacionalista viva hoy día.

 

Turkish voters want new charter, but not a presidential system

May 07 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

A survey by Koç University in Istanbul made public on May 6 revealed that the public trust for fair elections in Turkey has declined, as the country heads toward one of the most critical elections in decades on June 7.

The survey, carried out with the support of the Open Society Foundation and Ohio State University over the last two months across Turkey, shows that only 25 percent think the elections will be totally fair. You can read the details in our headline story.

Turkey’s main opposition leader warns against provocations ahead of June vote

May 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey’s main opposition party leader has warned citizens against provocations in the run-up to the June 7 parliamentary election, as he indicated he had been informed of the probability of such provocations.

“The [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP has become more aware that it is losing blood every day. It will resort to all kinds of ways to stay in power, including provocations” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition, social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP). 

Turkish President attacks both CHP, HDP over religion

May 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused both the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of “religious indifference,” while also praising Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) for preventing the presence of fundamentalist groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Turkey’s two opposition parties kick off foreign election campaign from Germany

Apr 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Two of Turkey’s opposition parties have kicked-off their foreign election campaigns in Germany over the weekend, targeting the more than 2.7 million Turkish voters living abroad. 

 

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) initiated its foreign election campaign in the German city of Oberhausen, where MHP head Devlet Bahçeli slammed European leaders who used the word “genocide” to define the 1915 killing of Anatolian Armenians.

 

Turkey's main opposition leader pledges ‘zero poverty’ in Edirne rally

Apr 26 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), pledged to end poverty at his party’s rally in the Western border city of Edirne on April 26.

There will be zero poverty in four years, Kılıçdaroğlu claimed, adding, “Thirteen years ago they promised to fight poverty, corruption and bans. When the year is 2015, there are 6,200,000 people unemployed in the country. None of the children of those who made these promises are unemployed now.”

Main opposition CHP starts election campaign with Istanbul rally

Apr 11 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) officially launched its campaign for the June 7 general elections on April 11, holding its first rally in Istanbul.

Speaking at the rally, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said his party is ready to solve all the problems Turkey is facing.

“The people are tired, the people had enough,” Kılıçdaroğlu told thousands of CHP supporters who gathered in the Kartal district on the Anatolian side for the “We applaud as a nation” rally.

Armenian candidate tops Turkey's main opposition list for elections

Apr 07 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has named an Armenian candidate in the first place on their final candidate list for the upcoming elections on June 7 in a move to prioritize candidates with different backgrounds, according to the media reports.

Lawyer Selina Özuzun Doğan has been named by the CHP in the first place for Istanbul’s second region in the June 7 elections.

AK Party axes many, nominates loyalists with Erdoğan’s imprint

Apr 07 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

The ruling party's candidate list for deputies in the upcoming parliamentary election carries the imprint of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while more than half the current deputies have been left off the list.

A total of 175 out of 312 ruling party deputies currently in Parliament found themselves eliminated after the party's candidate list was submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Seventy of the current ruling party deputies were not able to apply to become candidates as they are on their third consecutive term in Parliament.

Turkey passes tough new security bill, raising fears of election crackdown

Mar 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

The Turkish Parliament on Friday overwhelmingly passed into law a security bill to broaden police powers and allow the use of firearms against demonstrators, deepening fears of crackdowns on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections.

According to the private Doğan news agency, the bill was approved with 199 votes for and 32 against after a 16 and a half hour parliamentary session. The 132-article security package passed into law with 69 articles, as the AK Party decided not to discuss 63 articles so as not to delay the approval of the bill any further.

Overwhelming majority against presidential system, poll shows

Mar 18 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

According to a recent poll by the Gezici Research and Polling Company, the overwhelming majority of people in Turkey are opposed to the presidential system of government that is being heavily promoted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Gezici -- which was subject to an extraordinary tax inspection following its findings of low approval rates for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in February -- revealed that 77.1 percent of people disapprove of the proposed presidential system, while 22.9 percent are in favor of it.

Erdoğan says switch to presidential system inevitable for Turkey

Mar 14 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said drafting a new Turkish Constitution and a switch to a presidential system is inevitable for Turkey, reiterating his call for support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

“Are we ready for the presidential system? This switch is inevitable. The building of 'New Turkey' is inevitable. A new constitution and the presidential system are inevitable,” Erdoğan said while addressing a crowd during a visit to the northwestern province of Çanakkale on Saturday.

Hakan Fidan re-appointed as spy chief after withdrawal of bid for Parliament

Mar 10 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

Former National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan who earlier resigned from his position to run for Parliament from the ranks of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has withdrawn his candidacy and has been appointed back to his post.
 
The withdrawal comes after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke out against Fidan's candidacy, in what was seen as a sign of friction between Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Former President Gül balks at candidacy in upcoming elections

Mar 10 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

Former President Abdullah Gül has reportedly balked at the prospect of returning to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) as a deputy after both President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu indicated support for a possible political role in the party.

According to Hürriyet columnist Taha Akyol, who is close to Gül, the former president made it clear to his aides and close friends that he won't be seeking a seat in Parliament in the upcoming elections in June.

Presidential system not for afterlife, Erdoğan says

Mar 08 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeated that Turkey must switch from parliamentary democracy to presidential system for an "accelerated development."

"I won't be carrying it to my grave. I want it for Turkey," Erdoğan said during a public address at an inauguration ceremony in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep on March 7. 

"The shroud has no pockets, so I won't be carrying the presidential system to the afterlife," he added.

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