Turkey’s public television (TRT) ignores opposition…Some stats…. #TurkeyElections

I took this photo at a pro-Erdoğan coffeehouse in Bahçelievler. I collect election photos here

Between 17 April and 6 May; TRT spared NOT A SINGLE MINUTE FOR Saadet Party and HDP. It spared 9,5 minutes for İYİ Party, 3 hours and 4 minutes for the main opposition party, CHP.

On the other hand, TRT allocated 37 hours and 40 minutes for the AKP and MHP alliance. 

News source here



Social media platforms are ablaze as Turks say “enough” to President Erdogan

Thousands protest in Istanbul against corruption and Erdogan’s government, December 2013. A banner with Fethullah Gulen and PM Erdogan’s pictures reads “one is no better than the other”. Fulya Atalay for Demotix.

Letter from HDP’s Imprisoned Presidential Candidate Demirtaş to Mother Xano

Presidential candidate of the HDP Selahattin Demirtaş has sent a letter from prison to Mother Xano, who is seen in a video to be listening to a folk song played and sung by Demirtaş. He has written, “I will come and sing you folk songs in person.”

Opposition presidential candidate İnce vows ‘peace, development and sharing’ in Turkey’s southeast

Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), on May 10 promised to solve the country’s Kurdish issue through “peace, growth and sharing.”

UN: ‘State of Emergency Must Be Lifted for Credible Elections’

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Hussein has said, “Long-term restrictions on ‘freedoms of expression, assembly and association’ are incompatible with the holding of “credible elections”.

Erdoğan receives opposition CHP presidential candidate İnce for visit

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Muharrem İnce, the main opposition Republican People Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate, for a visit late on May 9.
Turkish President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with the chairman of the Great Union Party (BBP) Mustafa Destici to discuss the details of their campaign for the parliamentary and presidential elections to be held on June 24.
Ali Saydam, a columnist at the pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper and Akif Beki, the former press consultant of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and currently a columnist at Karar newspaper have drawn attention to the partial representation of political parties in the media.

Election Diary – May 10

15 CHP MPs, who temporarily resigned from the CHP and joined the İYİ Party so that it can enter the election, have returned to their party.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Muharrem İnce, Selahattin Demirtaş, Doğu Perinçek, Meral Akşener and Temel Karamollaoğlu are listed in temporary candidate list of Supreme Electoral Council for presidential election.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has criticized an opposition Twitter campaign telling the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “enough” (“tamam” in Turkish) ahead of the June 24 election, saying it is sponsored by foreign powers.
Speaking about the “Enough” campaign on social media, Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesperson Bozdağ has said, “Power does not come out of Twitter, but the ballot box. On June 24, Erdoğan will take over power again.”
President Erdoğan said, “In case our nations say ‘enough’, we will step aside’; 2 million “enough” tweets have been posted; the word has taken the first place worldwide on Twitter.

Tamam: opponents top Twitter in bid to topple Turkey’s Erdoğan

Rivals respond to president’s offer to stand aside if country says ‘enough’ in June election

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has vowed to step down if his people decide they have had “enough”, prompting opponents to propel the word in Turkish, tamam, to the top of worldwide Twitter trends.

Response to Erdoğan from Twitter: Enough

Following President Erdoğan saying, “In case one day our nation says ‘enough’, then we will step aside”, hashtag “Tamam” (Enough) has climbed to number in Turkey first and then the world on Twitter.
Turkey’s President Erdoğan has called snap parliamentary and presidential elections for the end of June. The new presidential system that gives the president comprehensive powers will come into force with the elections. Some commentators are apprehensive about Erdoğan winning another term in office. Others argue that his re-election could have a positive impact on foreign affairs.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 7 accepted a visit offer made by opposition presidential candidate Muharrem İnce, while rejecting his offer to debate on TV.
Turkish social media users have pounced on remarks by the Turkish President offering to step aside.

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