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CHP is shooting itself in the foot

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Some have been wondering what stopped Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chairman of Turkey’s social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), from challenging the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) to an early election on the night of the recent constitutional referendum, perhaps launching a tour of all the cities that voted “No” to President Tayyip Erdoğan’s bid to consolidate all executive power.

Comment(s) 5/9/2017

Focus on Turkey’s urgent problems, former president tells gov’t

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Three days after his name was circulated as a possible candidate against President Tayyip Erdoğan in the 2019 election, former President Abdullah Gül asked on May 5 for his name to not be used in daily political debate

Comment(s) 5/6/2017

US-Turkey collision course

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Citing the lyrics of a popular Turkish love song, President Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 30 before departing for India that Turkey could “come overnight, all of a sudden without warning.”

Comment(s) 5/1/2017

Good things happening in Turkey, too: The İzmir example

MURAT YETKİN writes:

İzmir is Turkey’s third largest city. It is Turkey’s biggest and most important Western port and that is not valid only for trade.

Comment(s) 4/29/2017

Friction between Turkey, US ahead of Trump-Erdoğan meet

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It has been revealed that both the American and the Russian military attachés were called to Turkish military headquarters in Ankara a short while before Turkish jets hit outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and northern Syria at 2 a.m. on April 25.

Comment(s) 4/28/2017

A nightmare scenario for Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The nightmare scenario starts with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) submitting a proposal to parliament to reinstate the death penalty.

Comment(s) 4/27/2017

Euro-monitoring of Turkey or the Turkish government?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reintroduced a monitoring process for Turkey on April 25, citing “serious deterioration of the functioning of democratic institutions.”

Comment(s) 4/26/2017

Journalism in difficult times

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Unfortunately, we are living in a world where journalism is not getting more difficult but more dangerous – to the extent that journalistic associations have launched an award journalists working under difficult circumstances

Comment(s) 4/25/2017

CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu: Gov’t cannot deter us from objections

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“I know what the government is trying to do,” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP), on the phone on April 21

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

The Turkish opposition’s dilemma on the referendum result

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish referendum on the presidency is over but both the legal and the political debates are continuing, despite the Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) rejection of the appeals by the opposition parties over the claims of fraud in the vote count.

Comment(s) 4/21/2017

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