Erdoğan and Gül. For a long time they played the bad cop, good cop. Now Gül wants to distance himself from Erdoğan…

A much-awaited new book by Ahmet Sever, the 12-year ally of former president Abdullah Gül, leaves no doubt that tension between Gül and current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rose on several occasions, peaking after the corruption allegations arose against the latter’s former ministers in December 2013.
“President Abdullah Gül did not approve the government’s foreign policy, especially on Syria and Egypt. He thought that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had gone too far by acting as if they were the prime minister and foreign minister of Egypt and Syria, which was against Turkey’s best interests. He (Gül) said this to the face of Davutoğlu a number of times.”

And utterly unsuccessful Baykal of CHP, a long time friend of Erdoğan, started to be seen on the scenes. Trying to persuade CHP not to pursue corruption…

Deniz Baykal, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Antalya deputy and former leader, who held a surprise meeting with President Erdoğan last week, said parties should not insist on reintroducing Turkey’s biggest ever corruption case, which engulfed four former ministers, as a red line in ongoing coalition negotiations.
Senior executives of opposition parties have indicated unwillingness to respond positively to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s expected invitation to hold separate meetings with the leaders of the four parties that have entered parliament.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks party which lost overall majority in elections to form a coalition

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to ask Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) to form a coalition government, after it lost its overall majority in legislative elections.


Erdoğan’s friendly chat with mob boss at wedding sparks outrage
Today’s Zaman
During the wedding, Erdoğan was seen shaking hands and conversing with the mafia leader, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August 2013 by the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court for his involvement in Ergenekon, a network of Kemalist
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli has said his party could expect an early election after Nov. 15 in the event that parties fail to form a coalition government.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy head Numan Kurtulmuş said on June 14 a coalition could well be formed in the first round of negotiations between the political parties.
‘We have created awareness about election security. Political parties were better organized in this election,’ the head of Vote and Beyond, an association whose 56,000 volunteers successfully monitored Turkey’s recent general election
With a leftist-based government in power since January, the results of last Sunday’s general elections in Turkey were seen in Greece largely as a victory for democracy and a defeat of autocracy.
President Erdoğan says if political parties will fail to form a coalition government, then the election would need to be repeated, adding that he plans to have separate meetings with heads of the parties
INSS Insight (Institute for National Security Studies) No. 709, June 14, 2015 Gallia Lindenstrauss & Ceyhun Çiçekçi * Many in Turkey and abroad were surprised (and some also quite pleased) to see the setback suffered by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey’s June 7, 2015 parliamentary elections. Relative to other electoral campaigns […]
Thousands Flee Syria as Kurds Gain on ISIS

Refugees who had been gathering on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey broke through the crossing, passing babies and their belongings through a barbed-wire fence.
Syrian refugees cross into Turkey – in pictures

Thousands of Syrians fleeing heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces are crossing into Turkey near the border at Akcakale

FIIA Comment (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs) 12/2015, June 2015 Toni Alaranta * The parliamentary elections held at the beginning of June turned out to be a major defence of Turkish democracy and its parliamentary system. Further, the elections witnessed the rise of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which was able to exceed […]
Perspectives (Crédit Agricole) N°15/192, 12 juin 2015, p. 3 Pays émergents – L’actualité de la semaine Études Économiques Groupe Les thèmes économiques ont été importants dans la campagne électorale. Car après une longue période de réforme et de croissance entre 2000 et  2007, la Turquie bute sur des  problèmes structurels dont la population a pris […]
The Oklahoman (USA) June 13, 2015, p. 10A Michael Barone Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both important to the United States. In the run-up to the Turkish election, speculation in English-speaking […]

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