Parliamentary system is dead: “Turkey extends state of emergency for additional three months”

The Turkish government has extended the state of emergency, first implemented in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt, for an additional three-month period, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş announced on Oct. 3
Turkey’s great purge

Public sector staff are being purged en masse in Turkey, as the post-coup crackdown convulses society, Mark Lowen reports.
Turkey is like a “semi-open prison,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said in a speech on the rising number of jailed journalists and writers in the country
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Erdogan Faces a Choice Between Popularity and Power

James F. Jeffrey
Financial Times
September 28, 2016
Although continuing the crackdown would be the quicker and more expedient approach to meeting Erdogan’s goals, it is also more dangerous, risking a permanent state of cultural civil war.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has slammed the Moody’s decision to downgrade Turkey’s credit rating at a moment when the Turkish economy is growing
Followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen reportedly developed the smartphone app ByLock, which came to prominence after the attempted July 15 coup due to the coup plotters’ usage of the app, before the elections of Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) in 2014
Followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen who are attempting to escape Turkey following a crackdown in the wake of the attempted July 15 coup are being charged up to 20 times the price of 700-800 Turkish Liras that was charged for Middle Eastern refugees to flee to Greece
Former Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz has said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could become “Turkey’s Charles de Gaulle” if he upgrades the country’s democratic standards and positively change its history, as de Gaulle did for France in the late 1950s

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