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  • Turkey’s president didn’t like an election outcome so he’s “fixing” it.

    05/07/2019 6:38:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 7, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Our “ally” in Turkey continues to blaze a trail toward a future for his country that looks less and less democratic by the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s PK party didn’t fare all that well in the country’s recent round of parliamentary elections. They didn’t lose power, but there was definitely a shift in the electorate and opposition parties fared better than in previous years. One place where Erdogan’s candidates did especially poorly was in the major city of Istanbul. Erdogan’s party’s candidate for mayor was defeated there by Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP party. That apparently didn’t sit well...
  • Erdogan Wants Turkish Elections Annulled Following His Party’s Defeat

    04/10/2019 2:43:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.spartareport.com ^ | April 10, 2019, 2:00 PM | Staff
    Turkey has been a mess for years under the increasingly despotic and incompetent leadership of Turkish President Erdogan. The economy has been declining and suffering major problems with inflation and a decline in the value of the local currency, the lira, and Erdogan has launched increasingly vicious crackdowns on the opposition while breaking ties with former allies like the United States. The Turkish people have finally gotten sick of this, and Erdogan’s party suffered a major electoral defeat last week in several major Turkish cities. Erdogan responded to his defeats about as well as you’d expect, and throwing around hysterical...
  • Election board rejects AKP bid to annul Istanbul district vote: official (Turkey local elections)

    04/05/2019 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters News ^ | April 5, 2019 / 5:44 AM / Updated 9 hours ago | Ali Kucukgocmen
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Istanbul election board has rejected a bid by Turkey’s ruling AK Party to annul the local election in the city’s Buyukcekmece district, an AKP official told Reuters on Friday, after the opposition narrowly won the vote in the city.
  • Opposition mayor-elect assaulted by former Turkish ruling party mayor

    04/02/2019 6:39:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    The Turkish Minute ^ | April 1, 2019 | TM
    A day after local elections, a mayor-elect from the opposition Felicity Party (SP) was physically assaulted by the former mayor of Diyarbakır’s Çüngüş district, a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) politician, the T24 news website reported. SP mayor-elect Ali Suat Akmeşe was injured along with another party member and a policeman. They were airlifted to a hospital in Diyarbakır. According to a local SP official, the injured party member is in critical condition. “The AKP chairman [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan], ministers and [AKP ally] Devlet Bahçeli terrorized the society with their political messages and sowed the seeds of anger,” he...
  • Washington Post: How Erdogan will respond to people's rebuke to him?

    04/02/2019 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 02 Apr 2019, Tue - 15:14 (2019-04-02T15:14:00) | NEWS DESK
    The editor of the Washington Post said that Erdogan who failed in the local elections has now refused to make concessions on Russian missiles or Syrian Kurds. Trump's administration will have no choice but to treat him as a rival. The editor wonders how Erdogan will react to the people's rebuke to him,The editor of the Washington Post talks about the results of local elections in Turkey, which he sees as a referendum on Erdogan's increasing authoritarian leadership.The editor notes that Erdogan used all his cheap tools that would have led the country to explosion in an attempt to rally...
  • Erdogan’s party challenges election results after apparent defeat in Turkey’s cities

    04/02/2019 4:55:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 2, 2019 | Kareem Fahim
    ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party said Tuesday that it had submitted challenges to election results that showed its candidates had been defeated in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey’s largest cities, in local elections two days earlier that dealt a rare setback to Erdogan at the ballot box. The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has repeatedly prevailed in elections since 2002 and was the leading vote-getter on Sunday. But its losses in major cities — including Istanbul, Turkey’s financial capital — were a significant symbolic defeat for Erdogan and threatened to weaken his powerful party machine, analysts said.
  • Erdogan faces challenge in local elections as Turkey's economy struggles

    03/31/2019 10:35:02 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 31, 2019 | Kareem Fahim
    ISTANBUL — Voters headed to the polls across Turkey on Sunday in local elections that are seen as a critical test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nationwide popularity, especially in large cities, at a moment when Turks are expressing growing anxiety because of an economic downturn. A crackdown on the government’s opponents that intensified after a failed coup in 2016 has added to the domestic unease and has also troubled Turkey’s relationships with western allies, causing sharp fluctuations in the Turkish lira and putting investors on edge. Erdogan’s own position is secure. But the economic crisis and polls that suggest...
  • Erdogan calls for redo vote in Istanbul election

    05/07/2019 11:57:21 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 7 May 2019 | CBS/AP
    Turkey's top electoral body on Monday annulled the results of the March 31 vote in Istanbul, which opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu narrowly won, and scheduled a re-run for June 23. The loss of Istanbul — and the capital of Ankara — in Turkey's local elections were sharp blows to Erdogan and his conservative, Islamic-based Justice and Development Party, or AKP... The controversial decision has increased concerns over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey
  • Erdogan Appears to Suffer Major Defeats in Turkey’s Two Biggest Cities

    03/31/2019 6:33:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 31, 2019 | Carlotta Gall
    ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party on Sunday was facing defeat in local elections in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and possibly even Istanbul, its largest city, a result that shook the nation as Mr. Erdogan suffered the first major electoral setback of his decade and a half in power.The municipal balloting around the country came nine months after national elections that extended Mr. Erdogan’s hold on power. It was closely watched as a barometer of his standing with voters after Turkey’s economy fell into recession and he assumed sweeping new executive powers.Mr. Erdogan claimed victory over all in the...
  • Turning Turkey into a ‘zombie’ nation of undesirables

    11/29/2018 9:15:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Nov 12 2018 | Yavuz Baydar
    Recent row during a Turkish parliamentary commission meeting spoke volumes. “We are cleansing everybody,” said the legislative body’s chairman, a member of the Justice and Development Party. “Everybody” means all who disagree with the AKP. “Cleansing” is the pattern established by the party of dismissing “everybody” from state institutions, public office. With Turkey in the third year of the post-coup period, the purge has not slowed. Discontent is being voiced. “Look, esteemed chairman,” roared Kurdish MP Meral Danis Bestas, “when the time comes and when you become subject to criminal charges, I and my friends will not hesitate to come...
  • Turkey’s Authoritarian Legacy (AKP, CHP, Gulen, HDP, Kurdish, PKK struggle)

    09/30/2018 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    For years, explaining Turkey’s democratic travails seemed an easy task. There was the persistence of an authoritarian tradition, whose source was identified as Kemalism—the secularist-nationalist founding ideology of the Turkish republic—and which the military embodied. According to the conventional narrative on Turkey, with which anyone who has only casually followed international politics during the last decades will be familiar, the Turkish military had a mission—to “protect secularism”—which explained, so we were taught, its habit of overthrowing governments. All that was needed for Turkish democracy to flourish was the emergence of a force strong enough to end the tutelage of the...
  • Secret EU report: AKP missioned ISIS for Ankara massacre

    06/11/2018 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 11 Jun 2018, 11:55 | ANF NEWS DESK
    According to a report by EU Analysis (EU INTCEN), the October 10, 2015 suicide bombing of a peace march in Ankara may have been committed on the orders of the AKP. An EU's official intelligence body EUINTCEN report, of which Ahval has obtained a copy, has suggested that the October 10, 2015 suicide bombing of a peace march outside the Ankara train station may have been committed on the orders of TurkeyÂ’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The bombing, in which two bombers belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) blew themselves up in the midst of a crowd made...
  • AKP brought freedom of journalism to Turkey, says Cavusoglu

    06/05/2018 2:39:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | Jun 05 2018 | none stated
    The perception of a severe decline in rights and freedoms has been a constant factor among international observers of Turkey in recent years, as seen in a steady stream of reports by reporters, rights groups and lawyers on the country now known as the world’s largest jailer of journalists. For Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, though, such criticism may as well have come from a parallel universe. Speaking to Judy Woodruff in a filmed interview for the U.S. channel PBS, Çavuşoğlu said that far from restricting citizens’ rights, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has in fact brought them...
  • AKP pays the salaries of gangs with spoils of war

    04/22/2018 3:07:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 21 Apr 2018, 09:55 | ANF AFRIN
    It came out that Turkey hasn’t paid the salaries of the gangs it lets loose on Afrin for two months, saying “The spoils of war you got from Afrin will suffice you for a year”. Reports suggest that disturbance erupted among the gangs Turkey derived from Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Al-Nusra, as Turkey hasn’t paid the salaries of some of these gangs for the past two months while they attacked and invaded Afrin. Although the pay cut is said to be related with the economic crisis and rapid increase of Dollar in Turkey, it has been learned that the Turkish state...
  • Is an AKP victory inevitable in upcoming Turkish polls? (AKP = Erdogan's party)

    04/20/2018 4:53:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | April 19, 2018 | Amberin Zaman (Turkey Pulse)
    As the shock of early elections announced yesterday begins to recede, a sense of inevitability is seizing Turkey. No matter what, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will emerge victorious, or so groupthink has it. The presidential and parliamentary votes — moved forward to June 24 from their scheduled date of Nov. 3, 2019 — will be held under emergency rule, seemingly allowing Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to retain their iron grip.With last month’s sale of Turkey’s last notionally independent media empire, the Dogan group, to a pro-government businessman, state control of public messaging is near absolute. Selahattin Demirtas — the charismatic...
  • AKP-MHP arming their men in Kirkuk (Iraq)

    10/11/2017 10:08:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News (KIRKUK, Iraq) ^ | Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF - SEYİT EVRAN
    AKP-MHP have been revealed to be arming some Turkmens in Kirkuk. Erdoğan has sent thousands of infantry weapons to Turkmens in Kirkuk while hundreds of men have received training to provoke unrest in Kirkuk. Turkey has had plans for Kirkuk for a long time. Turkey uses the Turkmens in Kirkuk as an excuse from time to time, in various schemes, and claims that Kirkuk falls within the bounds of the Misak-i Milli (“National Pact”), and is therefore a province of Turkey. In this past month, citing the referendum held in Southern Kurdistan as an excuse, Turkey issued various threats against...
  • Turkish parliament expels more pro-Kurdish lawmakers in absentia

    07/28/2017 6:50:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | July 27, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Turkey’s parliament broke another chip off the country’s largest pro-Kurdish bloc today, stripping two of its lawmakers of their seats over absenteeism. The move against Turkey’s third-largest party marks a first in the chamber’s history. Tugba Hezer Ozturk and Faysal Sariyildiz of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lost their seats for failing to attend any parliamentary sessions since October 2016. Hezer, from Van province on the Iranian border, and Sariyildiz, from Sirnak on the Iraqi border, face a panoply of charges surrounding their alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Both are believed to be in Europe. Ozturk lost her seat by a vote of...
  • 2 members of Turkish ruling party killed, 35 arrests

    07/04/2017 6:41:05 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    KOM News ^ | 2 July 2017 12:43 CEST | none stated
    Aydin Ahi, deputy chairman of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Ozalp district of Van province, was killed in armed attack on Saturday night. Two officials, members of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), were shot dead on Saturday night.Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus claimed Sunday that militants of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were behind the assasinations but no statement has been made by the organisation.The victims were identified as “Aydin Ahi, the deputy chairman in the Ozalp district [of Turkey’s Van province] and Orhan Mercan, the deputy chairman in the Lice district [of...
  • AKP usurps the chuches and monasteries in Mardin (Turkish Islam Confiscates Christian Churches)

    06/24/2017 7:44:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 24 Jun 2017, 10:36 | ANF Mardin
    The AKP government has usurped churches, monasteries and graveyards belonging to the Syriac community in Mardin and handed them over as state property to the Diyanet, Turkey's Presidency for Religious Affairs. According to the Armenian newspaper Agos many churches, monasteries, graveyards and other assets of the Syriac community in the city of Mardin have been usurped and transferred to the state's Treasury and other relevant state institutions. After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate...
  • Islamic State suspect says he met with AKP mayor during Kobani clashes

    04/25/2017 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 April 2017 16:14 CEST | none stated
    An Islamic State flag in Gaziantep on the Turkish-Syrian border. An Islamic State (IS) suspect has said he met regularly with former Justice and Development Party (AKP) minister and current Gaziantep mayor, Fatma Sahin, during the height of the jihadist group’s assault on Kobani in 2014.According to a report in the Turkish daily Evrensel, Bahaa Alden Najeep, who is accused of involvement in the Gaziantep wedding attack killing 57 civilians, told police that he had set up the Association for Educating and Developing Syrian Youth in border city Gaziantep upon the request of Free Syrian Army (FSA) officials and that his responsibility was to transfer...