Turkish government defiant as battle over prep schools rises

The tension recently peaked, with Erdoğan describing the group?s objection to his government?s plans as a ?smear campaign?

Turkish government to let Syrian refugees vote in elections, CHP claims

The government is aiming to manipulate election results by allowing Syrian refugees to vote in Turkish elections, CHP deputy leader Gürsel Tekin has claimed

Ruling AKP officials downplay tension with Gülen movement

 

Despite all the signals to the contrary, senior executives of the ruling Justice and Development Party said they will not allow for conflict

Prep school row not prepping Turkey for better future

I chose not to write about the row between Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen?s movement and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the latter?s desire to shut down prep schools for university entrance exams, one quarter of which are close to the Gülen movement.

 

Who to occupy which seat of AKP?

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to announce in the coming days the names that will run for office in the local elections; after that, he will reshuffle the Cabinet.

MHP denies alliance with other parties

The MHP leader announced that his party would not collaborate with any other political party in the upcoming elections

Turkish Hizbullah Is Back In New Sheep?s Clothing

Turkish Hizbullah is back ? in a new guise as a political party, Huda-Par. Hizbullah (not related to Lebanon?s Hezbullah) has been around for a few decades, wreaking havoc of one kind or another. I?ve covered it in this blog in relation to extra-judicial murders of prominent Kurds in the 1990s (in contract to the Turkish deep state), then a murderous rampage across the country killing and viciously torturing Kurds, Islamists and others, including women, and videotaping the torture sessions. The state finally cracked down on them, killing their leader in a shootout in 2000, closing their safe houses, unearthing the bodies in their back yards, and bringing the rest of the pack to trial. But despite all the evidence of the video tapes and bodies, the judiciary sat on their appeals for ten years until the time was up and they were by law required to be released (people accused of insulting Ataturk or writing about Kurds, by contrast, were assured of receiving speedy and lengthy sentences).

Main opposition CHP rules out forming election alliance with HDP

 

No CHP-HDP alliance for Istanbul mayoralty on the agenda in the upcoming local elections, a senior main opposition official told HDN denying speculations

Top judge slams Charter efforts, says method adopted by parties undemocratic

‘I see ourselves as people who have been cheated with the promise of marriage,’ Haşim Kılıç said

Splits threaten Erdogan presidential push

Rifts have emerged within prime minister?s Islamist-rooted AKP party over his call to make it illegal for male and female students to live together

 

As The Holy Alliance Collapses, The Gulenists Won The First Battle On Social Media

As Milliyet columnist Kadri Gursel has recently put it, “the de facto ruling coalition between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Fethullah Gulen community has devolved into a war, which is now in the open.”

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