Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in office since 2002, has marked 16th anniversary of its foundation, with party head President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urging the renewal of all provincial organizations ahead of the 2019 elections.
Category: DENİZ ZEYREK
It was May 7, 2004, and Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Justice Minister Cemil Çiçek was at the podium in parliament, saying: “These amendments are a milestone in the history of the Republic of Turkey. They will hopefully further institutionalize our democracy, and our rights and freedoms will reach a more advanced point with these amendments.”
Claims regarding two former ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers’ links to the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen were removed from a report prepared by the parliamentary commission formed to investigate the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Turkey’s impressive democratization process began in late 1999 after the European Union approved Ankara’s full membership candidacy to the bloc at the historic Helsinki Summit. As a diplomatic correspondent who has been covering the troubled relationship between Turkey and the EU for more than two decades, I had the chance to observe all phases and all dimensions of this bitter process
A group of former Justice and Development Party (AKP) ministers and other senior figures from the ruling party shared their concerns over the upcoming referendum at a April 16 meeting with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, according to sources.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) brought together prominent party figures, past and present, in a bid to mobilize them ahead of the April 16 referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system, though former President Abdullah Gül and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu were not present at the meeting.
The opposition has slammed the ruling party over the termination of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s parliamentary status, even as the prime minister hinted at further dismissals.
A parliamentary panel is set to begin debating a package of constitutional amendments that will usher in an executive presidential model on Dec. 20, although the ruling party is still mulling some minor changes to the blueprint.
Category: ABDULKADİR SELVİ
With every new statement he makes on the presidential system, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli causes a stir. In one statement he strengthens hopes for one of the sides; in another one he diminishes it.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
The decision by Ankara to move toward normalizing its foreign policy - under the banner of “increasing the number of our friends and reducing the number of our enemies” - has raised the hopeful question in many minds as to whether this also heralds a period of normalization in domestic politics
Former Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek has said a change in the constitution would not solve all of Turkey’s many problems, adding that it is not right to blame the current constitution for all unresolved political issues and “mentality obstacles” also play a role
Shortly after being appointed prime minister by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Binali Yıldırım said one of his prime objectives would be to increase the number of Turkey’s friends and reduce the number its enemies
A senior founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lauded Binali Yıldırım government’s initiatives for mending bilateral ties with both Israel and Russia, but noted the acute need to restore relations inside the highly polarized country
It was not only a change of the country’s prime minister. It was not that the government of former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was replaced by the government of new Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım
Today, with your permission, I will write about not-so-serious matters; for instance, the features of politicians that we do not know much about
Category: VERDA ÖZER
"Give up on PYD and instead let us fight against ISIL along with the Turkmen and Arab groups.”
Category: TAHA AKYOL
The prime minister said they were preparing a road map for the writing of a new constitution
Category: MURAT YETKİN
It is the fate of all revolutions to devour their own children as they clear obstacles from the path
The four parties in Turkey’s parliament will sit down in a bid to succeed where predecessors have failed and finally draft a new charter for the country
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has set a six-month calendar for the work of a parliamentary panel tasked with drafting a new constitution, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu voicing his determination to produce a constitution aimed at transitioning to a presidential system
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