Despite 2 pro-Kurdish members, Turkey’s first election gov’t dominated by AKP…

Turkish PM Davutoğlu’s interim government, approved by President Erdoğan, is the first one that a Kurdish problem-focused party takes part. It also features the first minister wearing the Islamic headscarf.

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Following the failure to form a government, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu the mandate to form an interim cabinet. The opposition parties CHP and MHP have said they do not wish to participate in the government. This leaves the pro-Kurdish HDP as the only possible partner, which could become a problem for Davutoğlu, according to some commentators. Others warn that Ankara desperately needs stability.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan concluded his first year in the presidency on Aug. 28, 2015 on the same day as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu submitted to him the interim government that will take Turkey to early elections on Nov 1. Even this coincidence gives us sufficient evidence to analyze the one-year performance of Erdoğan as president
Handover ceremonies are held for the members of the interim government that will be in charge until after the early elections to be held on Nov. 1
Author Toni Alaranta argues in his new book that international opinion failed to understand Turkey’s domestic dynamics after 2002, legitimizing authoritarianism in the search for a ‘moderate Muslim democracy’
Turkey’s snap parliamentary election being held on Nov. 1 will prolong policy indecision and intensify economic headwinds, ratings agency Moody’s said on Aug. 27
The interim government formed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu with the task of taking Turkey to polls on Nov. 1 is not impartial as it must be, CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, claiming it will be “at the service” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Pro-Kurdish MPs join Turkey cabinet

The Turkish prime minister appoints two politicians from the pro-Kurdish HDP party to the country’s power-sharing cabinet.
Death of a peace process: martial law returns to Turkey

Turkey has placed the Kurds and their struggle for human rights within a state of exception – outside the protections of due process of law.

Kurdish women pleading with a Turkish soldier.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has implicitly accused a senior MHP member of “treason” after the latter agreed to take part in an interim government upon invitation by incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and to the surprise of many
Incumbent PM Davutoğlu has publicly thanked a senior opposition deputy for accepting his offer to take part in an interim government
For more than 57 percent of 29,000 people who voted in an online poll by Poltio, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is responsible for the failure in talks to form a coalition
Turkey’s economic confidence index fell 1.9 percent month-on-month to 84.28 in August from a revised 85.87 in July, data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) showed on Aug. 28.
A police intelligence report has revealed the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) poses a “high risk” in 12 districts in southeastern Turkey, as the group continues to put pressure on people in the region
An interim election government will function as an extension of the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP), a deputy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said, justifying his decision to refuse an offer from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to take part in the pre-election cabinet
A Turkish man has been briefly detained for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter on Twitter

Politics and diplomacy in Turkey: time to talk

Beset by domestic and regional crises, Turkey has adopted a defensive posture where dialogue would be preferable.

Turkish PM vows Erdoğan-approved interim gov’t will function like regular one

Three figures from two opposition parties, the HDP and the MHP, have taken the seats of EU Minister and Development Minister, as well as Deputy Prime Minister, in Davutoğlu’s interim government, approved by President Erdoğan.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş said Kurds had no alternative but to declare autonomy in an atmosphere where deputies were not permitted to enter southeastern towns by governors, speaking at a rally in Vienna on Aug. 26.
29 parties fit the criteria to enter the general parliamentary election race on November 1.
Just two months ago, Selahattin Demirtas was basking in the afterglow of his party’s historic election showing. Now, he will have to face the voters again.
Milliyet Daily Newspaper dismissed journalists Meral Tamer, Mehveş Evin, Alper İzbul and Semra Pelek.
Severe clashes have taken place in Yüksekova district of Hakkari province after a curfew was declared, reported Yüksekova news citing from Zap News.
Having begun work to form an interim government to act until snap elections scheduled for Nov. 1, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has finally sent letters of proposal to deputies of other parties, asking them to take part in the pre-election government

Article | Fethullah Gulen’s op-ed in WSJ

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