President Abdullah Gül and opposition leaders will head to quake-hit Van on Nov. 6 to mark the first day of the Kurban Bayram holiday with the victims of the earthquake which devastated the region last month.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay says the reasons for a court decion on writer and publisher Zarakolu, who was arrested in Istanbul on Tuesday for his alleged involvement with the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union along with Professor Büşra Ersanlı and 42 other suspects, should be made public.
Government ministers and deputies from opposition parties all joined an outcry regarding a court decision that lowers the sentence for 26 suspects who were tried for allegedly raping a 13 year old girl. Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin called the ruling ‘unacceptable and worrying,’ in a written statement.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkey’s main opposition has raised concerns that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is not sincere in its stated commitment of creating a new, more democratic constitution for Turkey.
A deputy leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has said a “plot” is being staged in unrest-hit Syria to pave the way for the country’s foreign occupation. She also said the Republican People’s Party (CHP) does not back all practices of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but is against a foreign intervention in Syria.
The continued incarceration of lawmakers ‘is disrespectful to the will of the people,’ says Deputy PM Arınç, while also criticizing long detention periods
Turkey’s main opposition party has submitted a censure motion against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his allegations that opposition-held municipalities funneled money to Kurdish militants by way of loan agreements with German foundations.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Why can the incumbent AKP easily sympathize with the anti-Baath protestors in Syria these days while Turkey’s arch-Kemalist main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), finds itself closer to Bashar al-Assad and his fellow thugs?
On the 88th year of the establishing of modern Turkish Republic, thousands marched together in streets, despite the official ceremonies were canceled.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has sent a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, urging him to take action on allegations of large-scale corruption among officials at Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality.
The Turkish government is planning legal amendments to evacuate settlements in areas at high risk of earthquakes and move residents in Van to new homes
Indirect taxes, government’s easy way of generating money, is not a sustainable method, according to head of the Turkish Industry and Business Organization
The bodies of three of the six individuals who went missing in raging floods on Monday in the Haskızılören village of the Mediterranean province of Antalya were recovered Tuesday.
Category: ANKARA WHISPERS
Deputy PM Beşir Atalay says he will sue the main opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu for his accusations of leaking information to suspects in a fraud case
Turkey’s main opposition has decried the “disproportionate and spiteful violence” against university students involved in anti-government protests, saying 503 of them are currently being held in prison
Armenian community members in Istanbul came together in a cordial meeting with Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin and Bakırköy Mayor Ateş Ünal Erzen and gave messages of peace, fraternity and dialogue
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