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Erdoğan indicates support for former President Gül’s bid for Parliament

Mar 07 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested on Friday that he would favor the possible candidacy of his predecessor, former President Abdullah Gül, for Parliament.

“The issue of his candidacy is up to Mr. Gül to decide. I had a conversation with him last night, I called him and gave my best wishes for his father, who is ill,” Erdoğan told reporters asking about Gül's possible bid for Parliament. “His decision [to run for Parliament] would be good. It would be for the best. It would be fitting. But the decision is up to him.”

Turkish court refuses to hear election threshold complaints

Mar 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The Constitutional Court has once again refused to hear appeals to remove the 10 percent election threshold, which parties in the country need to surpass in order to win representation in parliament.

The court rejected on March 5 appeals from three minor Turkish political parties, the Democratic Left Party (DSP), the Great Union Party (BBP) and the Felicity Party (SP), citing lack of jurisdiction.

Appeals to the Court can only be made against allegedly mistaken practices or non-implementation of legislation, not directly against legislation, the court ruled.

AK Party spokesman says Gül will not run for Parliament

Feb 26 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Spokesman Beşir Atalay said on Thursday that former president and AK Party co-founder Abdullah Gül will not be a candidate in the June elections, citing remarks Gül himself had made in the past.

Speaking at a press conference at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Atalay was speaking on recent political developments when he was asked if the former president would run in the general elections slated for June 7.

“He won't be a candidate according to his own remarks,” Atalay said.

Erdoğan says will preside over Cabinet meeting next month for second time

Feb 23 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Today's Zaman

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that he will preside over a Cabinet meeting, traditionally chaired by the prime minister, for the second time since his election to office in August on March 9.

"I would like to inform you that I will convene the cabinet once again in the presidential palace on March 9," he said in a speech at the presidential palace in Ankara.

CHP plans to postpone convention

Jun 23 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The main opposition social democrat party has considered postponing the party’s convention to the post-parliamentary election era in 2015. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), is planning to receive the approval for the postponement from the Party Assembly that will convene today. 

Don’t worry about AKP after presidential poll, Turkish PM says

Jun 22 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is proceeding on its “presidency road” without worrying about individual concerns and who will lead the party after the elections, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 21. 

Speaking to his party’s Istanbul provincial members, Erdoğan said the AKP would continue on its road regardless of who will lead it. 

İhsanoğlu nomination leads to cracks in CHP

Jun 18 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The appointment of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu as the joint presidential candidate of the two main opposition parties, has sparked a debate within the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and İhsanoğlu is not thought to represent the party’s authentic worldview. 

Around 15 CHP lawmakers came together yesterday under the leadership of former chairman Deniz Baykal to evaluate the appointment and to mull over how they would react to the nomination of İhsanoğlu, a former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). 

Kurdish parties offer presidential candidacy proposal to CHP lawmaker and former judge

Jun 18 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Still searching for a candidate for the upcoming August presidential elections, the two Kurdish sister parties at the Turkish Parliament have continued the trend of political cross-dressing, by making a surprising offer to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy and former European Court of Human Rights judge, Rıza Türmen.

MHP reshuffles Istanbul organization

Jun 18 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has replaced the administration of all of its branches in the Istanbul district, the party’s deputy chair, Şefkat Çetin, announced in a written statement on June 18.

The party has appointed new officials to its Istanbul branches.

“We thank our friends who have been relieved of their duties and wish success to our friends who replaced them,” Çetin said.

The MHP’s Istanbul branches have come under fire after the party’s poor electoral performance in the March 30 local polls.

Erdoğan tight-lipped on İhsanoğlu’s candidacy, AKP nominee to be announced at end of June

Jun 17 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has refused to comment on the nomination of Ekmelettin İhsanoğlu as the joint opposition presidential candidate, simply stating that the “most valuable evaluation” will be made by the people in the election.

CHP-MHP to set joint election center for İhsanoğlu’s presidency bid

Jun 17 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The two main opposition parties are planning to establish a joint election campaign center for an efficient bid by their joint candidate, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, in a rare instance of cooperation between Turkish political parties. 

“We will finalize our road map in four or five days. Our initial decision is that each party will carry out its own work for İhsanoğlu’s bid,” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), told daily Hürriyet on June 17. 

Majority of Turks believe press restricted: Poll

Jun 17 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Press TV

A recent survey shows that nearly 60 percent of people in Turkey believe there is no freedom of press in their country.

According to a recent poll conducted by Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, which was based on interviews with 2,576 adults, 59.4 percent of Turks believe that the press does not have freedom of expression in the country.

The result also showed that only 35.6 percent of the respondents consider the Turkish press as unrestricted, while five percent declined to comment.

Who is presidential candidate İhsanoğlu?

Jun 16 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, a senior academic and diplomat nominated June 16 by Turkey’s two major opposition parties as their joint candidate to run against an expected bid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the August presidential election, has actually become a more visible figure for the Turkish public after his election as the head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2004.

Turkey’s main opposition parties to nominate ex-head of Islamic body İhsanoğlu for presidency

Jun 16 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The two major opposition parties represented at the Turkish Parliament have finally announced their agreement for nominating the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, as their joint presidential candidate.

CHP blows hot and cold on İhsanoğlu move as AKP heralds 'end of opposition'

Jun 16 2014
Turkey
Source: 
Hürriyet Daily News

The announcement of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as the joint opposition presidential candidate has drawn mixed reactions from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), while a senior Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker heralded “the end of the opposition."

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