Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to oppose any coalition talks that pledge to suspend “major projects,” such Istanbul’s under-construction new airport and third bridge.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said his coalition talks with oppositional parties will surely include reducing the 10 percent national election threshold but the amount of the decrease will be decided with their partner in the government.
The AKP meets the HDP for a gathering devoid of coalition talk but full of warm messages on the peace process
Turkey is set to build a 20,000-seat stadium to international standards in the Gaza Strip to support sports in Palestine, officials revealed on July 14.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş called on the outlawed PKK to lay down its arms against Turkey, but also stressed that his call was not enough for a final solution.
As the first round of talks were concluded, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is being unfairly treated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan through dictating his own party preferences for a coalition government.
Amid exotic smells of Ottoman incense and Turkish controversies, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives journalists a tour of the controversial presidential palace. Here is a photo story by daily Hürriyet’s Ümit Çetin.
BIA APR-MAY-JUN 2015 MEDIA MONITORING REPORT: News and Journalists Under the “Control” of Erdoğan/AKP are at Risk
23 journalists and 9 publishers are in prison. 18 journalists, a writer and 1 media tool were attacked. 30 journalists were detained, 4 of them were sentenced to 127 years and a month in prison according to anti-terror law. Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) imposed 3 million 137 thousand 334 Turkish liras as administrative fine.
Following a meeting with the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) leadership as part of talks aimed at forming a coalition government, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has preferred to put great emphasis on the vital need to exclude the justification of violence for the sake of democracy.
HDP pointed out 10% election threshold was an obstacle for democratization and gave legislative proposal for threshold to be abolished.
Waiving the tolls on bridges and highways during Islamic holidays should be extended to other religious holidays, as Turkey doesn’t only have Muslim citizens, but also citizens of many other faith groups whose holidays should be likewise celebrated, a member of parliament has said an filed a motion.
Turkish economic growth would take a hit if talks to form a coalition government fail and a new election is called, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on July 15, warning that the uncertainty risked delaying private investment.
Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has told Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu the MHP was not willing to take part in any coalition government formula.
Parliament held elections for three vacancies on the board of the country’s media watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) winning a seat that the four political parties were divided on concerning its selection method.