Erdoğan, cleared to be a prime minister while running for presidency [and already being de facto mayor of Istanbul]

Turkey’s top election body has ruled that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not need to resign as he campaigns to be the next president

Dispatches from Turkey…

Turkey: Prime Minister Looks Ahead

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined his vision for his presidential campaign, promising to expand rights and liberties, improve welfare programs and build up the country’s economy.
A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) urges presidential candidates, including Prime Minister Erdoğan, to disclose donations they receive for campaigns
The remaining two arrested people in the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trial were released July 11 by a Diyarbakır court, as the hearings will continue
None of the three presidential candidates is representing a profile that could convince 100 percent of all voters in Turkey to willingly vote in favor of him, Demirtaş has acknowledged

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks
Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to win presidential elections next month. The jailed leader of the outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, hailed the move as a “historic development” and called on Turkey to implement the

İhsanoğlu’s campaign: not that bright

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu is the best candidate the opposition could find. I said this looking at his personal history, standing and the mentality he represents.

İhsanoğlu: Strong messages, weak packaging

Supported by a number of opposition parties against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu launched his election campaign in Istanbul on June 10, bidding to be elected the next Turkish president a month ahead the first round on Aug. 10

Turkey votes: Part III – President Erdoğan – A foregone conclusion?
Commentary (European Policy Centre) 10 July 2014 by Amanda Paul * On 1 July, after months of speculation, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced he would run in the country’s first direct presidential elections on 10 August. Erdoğan, who has dominated Turkish politics for over a decade, is viewed as the clear favourite. With


The number of overall women murders is showing a sharp increase, CHP deputy Nazlıaka warns

ECtHR rules right to fair trial of jailed Turkish journalists violated

Today’s Zaman

Journalists Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık, who were arrested in March of 2011 on charges of links to Ergenekon, had been held in a top-security prison outside İstanbul until they were released pending trial in March 2012. The OdaTV case was launched as

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