Turkish Parliament approves controversial intel bill… Current president Gül seems reluctant to swap roles with Erdoğan…

Turkish Parliament approved a much-debated law increasing the powers and immunities of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) amid criticism

Turkish PM Erdoğan slams judiciary, promises ?cleaning?


Turkey?s prime minister has continued on the warpath against his erstwhile ally Fethullah Gülen

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (L) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrive at the opening ceremony of a new line of the Ankara Metro, in Ankara, Feb. 12, 2014.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (L) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrive at the opening ceremony of a new line of the Ankara Metro, in Ankara, Feb. 12, 2014.

Turkey’s Gul Rules Out Putin-Style Job Swap With Erdogan

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul deepened a mystery surrounding the future of the country’s political leadership on Friday, apparently closing
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may make his final decision on whether or not he will run for president in the upcoming elections in the middle of May, his deputy, Bülent Arınç, said on April 19

Turkey: Intelligence Bill Approved

NYT > Turkey

Turkey?s Parliament on Thursday passed a bill that increases the powers of the national spy agency and strengthens its immunity.
Turkey?s ruling AKP drafts new electoral system with narrowed constituencies
The new electoral system is expected to allow the AKP to increase its number of lawmakers by 25

Gül refuses to join Erdoğan?s one-man politics
Balances in Turkish politics continue to change rapidly with new surprises, as in the case of the latest statement from President Abdullah Gül

Turkey?s ruling AKP to draw ?roadmap for presidency? by May
The AKP has announced that it will put the final touches to its plans for both the upcoming presidential elections following a series of meetings that are expected to be completed by May

Data explain the AKP?s election performance
In my April 4 column, I noted that the ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AKP) performance in the local elections should not have been a surprise

Turkish President Gül currently has ?no political plan for the future?
President Abdullah Gül has again touched on the speculation surrounding Turkey?s presidential elections in August, saying he has no ?plans for the future.


Intel bill heralds ?torture chambers? of ?71 coup: MHP leader


Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has described the regarding the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) as being ?wrong from top to toe

Gestapo-like governing aimed at with new intel bill: Main opposition CHP leader

The gov’t is seeking to build a Gestapo-like regime through a bill that will turn Turkey?s national spy agency into an intelligence coordination body working directly under the PM: CHP

ECHR Convicts Turkey For Disappearance Under Custody

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a verdict on the case of six villagers who who were taken under custody and then disappeared in Görümlü (Bespin) District of Silopi 21 years ago. Turkey was convicted of violating right of life and not being able to conduct active investigation

Footage emerges in Elvan probe despite police claim of lack of cameras

The footage obtained by lawyers was recorded by a water cannon truck


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