More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected themOn 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed dramatically. Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah Gülen, both were fired. On the same day Ayse Yilmaz*, a law student, received a text informing her that her father, a civil servant, had been detained for alleged involvement in terrorism and coup plotting. “It was the day we were blacklisted,” Fatma recalls. “The day we were erased as citizens.”
Turkish author Asli Erdogan was jailed for 136 days over her links with a pro-Kurdish newspaper.
Asli Erdogan could face life in jail after being accused of involvement in Turkey’s failed coup.
The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said called on everyone who cares about Turkey’s future to vote “no” in an upcoming referendum that will decide whether the current parliamentary system will be converted into an executive presidency.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved a constitutional reform bill that would vastly strengthen the powers of his office and a referendum on the issue is likely on 16 April, officials said today (10 February).
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 11 defended the major constitutional changes that will be submitted to Turkish citizens in a referendum in April
Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Mehmet Görmez has warned imams “not to engage in politics in mosques,” as an investigation was launched on Feb. 7 into an imam who called for a “yes” vote in the constitutional referendum.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will have the right to carry out three 10-minute official campaign broadcasts on TV and radio for the upcoming referendum on charter amendments, while opposition parties and the president will enjoy two speeches with the same duration.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has described the upcoming referendum as a vote that will shape Turkey’s “road map for a century,” calling on his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) local organizations to “campaign non-stop” until referendum day.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has stressed that it the right to vote “no” in the upcoming referendum, which will decide whether Turkey’s current parliamentary system should be shifted to an executive presidency.
The opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming referendum for the eternity of the Turkish state, the party’s leader has said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on businesspeople to step up in an “employment mobilization” campaign to create new jobs to enliven Turkey’s stuttering economy, urging city governors to supervise the campaign
The head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the sole opposition party in parliament backing the ruling party’s constitution amendment bid, has said he would prefer President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the camp of naysayers.
A total of 4,464 public employees were sacked on Feb. 7 over their suspected links to the Gülen movement and other illegal groups with the latest state of emergency decree, according to a notice in the Official Gazette.