Once a respected scholar, Davutoğlu now tries to prove his campaign ‘not overshadowed’ by Erdoğan… #TurkeyElections

nytimes.com – Shreeya Sinha – Jun 4 – In 2013, a police crackdown using tear gas and water cannons on peaceful protesters challenging plans to replace Istanbul’s Gezi Park in Taksim Square with a replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would house a shopping mall, became a catalyst for…
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu has denied that his first election campaign as AKP leader and premier has been overshadowed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s strong presence. “We lead our own campaign,” he said.
Turkish president’s feud with press is rooted in a deeper, personal unease

Recep Tayyip Erdogan fears he may have misread electorate’s mood as polls show strong support for opposition parties

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s long-running feud with Turkey’s feisty opposition media has descended into open warfare ahead of Sunday’s general election, amid claims that his ruling neo-Islamist Justice and Development party (AKP) is plotting to fix the results and shrill threats to lock up journalists and editors en masse.

The President Erdoğan targeted New York Times and said “They have their eyes on us. What’s the odds even if you’re a newspaper? Even you apply the hate speech?
Ahead of Election, Erdogan Cracks Down on Critics

In his latest attack on the media, he accused a newspaper editor of espionage.
Political parties in the race to send deputies to parliament during the June 7 elections are eying the votes of the more than one million individuals who have just turned 18 years old
“It’s unprecedented, I have two opponents in front of me – the president and the prime minister,” Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, told AFP, challenging Erdoğan to “take up again the leadership of the AKP and lead the campaign.”
As they enter the home stretch of the June 7 parliamentary election following a hectic campaigning period, leaders of Turkey’s political parties prepare to hold their last rallies before the election
The leaders of the three primary opposition parties currently represented in parliament received their daily dose of opprobrium from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 4 as the putatively impartial head of state conducted his latest pre-election “meeting with the people” in Sivas
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has warned his party’s members not to abandon ballot boxes until official results are announced
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) should not be underrated and has survived many challenges on the path to the June 7 general election with limited resources, MHP head Devlet Bahçeli said on June 4.
Turkey’s election: What do we need to know?

Key issues of Turkey’s election explained

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been quick to quash claims that he has a golden toilet seat, suing the opposition leader who made the allegation

Name: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Age: 61.

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