Parliament likely to whitewash four ministers, Erdoğan likely to ascend to presidency
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is actually aiming to hit not two, but three birds with one stone
D-Day arrives for graft debates at Turkey’s Parliament
Parliament will gather today for a long-delayed session, during which summary of proceedings for four ex-ministers of the ruling AKP facing graft charges will be debated
The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya
Turkish police managed to keep Taksim Square shut on May Day with tear gas and water cannons, as well as some innovative methods, while leaving behind tragic and funny moments to a thinner-than-expected crowd of defeated anti-government demonstrators.
It was a battle of spite to claim a symbolic public space, Taksim Square. Simply put, the spite displayed by the government in the form of police force was stronger than the spite organized by the political opposition, which was led by labor unions this time.
PM Erdoğan pitches his roadmap to presidency
PM Erdoğan has completed his roadmap to presidency after a meeting at the AKP’s highest decision-making body
Turkish PM hints at presidential run, as ruling AKP maintains decisions
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to maintain a three-term limit for its deputies, the clearest signal yet that PM Erdoğan will run for the presidency
Erdogan to Step Down as PM. And Then?Kamil Pasha by Jenny WhiteThe AKP’s executive board, in a meeting chaired by PM Erdogan,has decided not to extend the term limit for prime minister from three to four terms. This means that Erdogan will not have another term as PM and instead will likely run for president in August. The presidency has in the past been a largely ceremonial post, its incumbent elected by parliament. This will be the first time the president is elected by popular vote. Erdogan attempted unsuccessfully to change the constitution to give the presidency more power, but in his public statements has said that, if he were president, he would wield more power because the position would be an elected one. In other words, in a kind of magical thinking, he believes that the popular vote on its own confers powers beyond the letter of the law regulating the institution. If president, Erdogan would also likely seek a weak PM.
Erdoğan escalates elimination of Gülenists from state
The Turkish government announced mass shifts and removals from office in 11 ministries, including the Treasury, on May 2Turkey heading to totalitarian regime, main opposition CHP leader says
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said it was not possible to speak of democracy in a country without freedom of the press, describing the bans on Twitter and YouTube as ‘unacceptable’
Turkish PM Erdoğan hints at presidential run, as ruling AKP maintains electoral decisions
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to maintain a three-term limit for its deputies, the clearest signal yet that PM Erdoğan will run for the presidency in an August election. The electoral system will also not be changed
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