Turkish football gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more headaches than likely votes as he battles to ensure that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will secure a majority in snap parliamentary elections on Sunday. Polls on the eve of the election predict that AKP will increase its vote by 6% compared to the …
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Erdogan is widely believed to be planning to run for the presidency in the 10 August elections.
Erdogan’s speech to parliament followed a report by the US-based watchdog Freedom House earlier this month, which downgraded Turkey’s status from “partly free” to “not free” and said the country had seen the biggest decline in press freedom in Europe.
Yapici said once Korkmaz regained consciousness he was again kicked on the head and as he fled his attackers, was set upon by plain-clothes policemen with gas masks who ruthlessly kicked and beat him on the legs.
AFP – Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the country’s spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government’s control over state institutions. The new legislation, adopted last week by parliament after heated debates, provides expanded scope for the MIT agency to tap private phone conversations and …
“Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed,” Erdogan told a jubilant crowd of thousands, speaking from the balcony of his party’s Ankara headquarters
Erdogan said he could freeze the legislation if the opposition instead agreed to consider judicial reforms as part of changes to the constitution, although his exact proposals are unclear.
Some protesters were also handing out fake dollars with Erdogan’s photo on them.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, in turn, accused the PKK of breaking its promises, saying that barely 20% of its fighters had left Turkish soil for bases in Iraqi Kurdistan and most were women, children and the elderly.
Secular quarters argue Erdoğan’s conservative government is step by step imposing religion in every aspect of life
By Hisham Ezz El-Arab Just a decade ago, Turkey was on the edge of state bankruptcy. The political system was paralysed, and the Istanbul stock market had crashed. The price of cars and computers rose 50 per cent and hundreds of thousands lost their jobs. Since then, during a decade of rule by the Justice …
By Can Sezer and Ece Toksabay / Reuters ISTANBUL: General Ilker Basbug, the former head of Turkey’s armed forces, said military discipline has helped him adapt to prison life, but he still cannot accept the idea that he stands accused of being the leader of a terrorist group. Responding to questions relayed through his lawyer, the …