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MURAT YETKİN

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Slight relief in AKP’s distress over HDP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

If Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s intention in his address yesterday was to make the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) angry and decide not to join the “temporary” election government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, it did not work

Comment(s) 8/27/2015

Who would want to be in Davutoğlu’s shoes?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

While saying he had not “willingly” assumed the mandate to form a “temporary” government to go to the elections on Nov. 1, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu looked unusually strained in his press conference after meeting with President Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 28

Comment(s) 8/26/2015

The AKP’s nightmare: Going to elections with the HDP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Be careful what you wish for, in politics too; things may not go as planned

Comment(s) 8/25/2015

Turkey may start to see Erdoğan’s extra powers

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On Aug. 20, in an 11th hour effort, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu made a call to the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to see if they would take part in an election government with his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)

Comment(s) 8/22/2015

Is this election really taking place and how?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Following President Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks on Aug. 19 about Turkey swiftly heading for another election shortly after the one on June 7, the Supreme Election Board (YSK) sent a message to political parties on Aug. 20 suggesting Nov. 1 could be a suitable date for them to get ready for formalities.

Comment(s) 8/21/2015

Erdoğan optimizing his power game amid killings

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Right after the news President Tayyip Erdoğan was going to meet Parliamentary Speaker İsmet Yılmaz to discuss an interim government to take the country to another election in six months, the news hit the wires about the killing of eight Turkish soldiers in a bomb ambush near the eastern city of Siirt by suspected militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Comment(s) 8/20/2015

As ISIL puts Turkey on enemy list and targets Istanbul

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A video message by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hit social media in Turkey on the morning of Aug. 18.

Comment(s) 8/19/2015

Seizing an election

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu appeared before the cameras on Aug. 17 to say that the formation of a coalition government between his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Devlet Bahçeli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was not possible

Comment(s) 8/18/2015

Erdoğan’s 'regime change' and Bonaparte

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“This is a de facto change in the system of administration,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said over the weekend in his Black Sea hometown of Rize; “What is needed now is to make it clear [meaning official] with a new constitution.”

Comment(s) 8/17/2015

A second election in six months?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Talks between Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) over the possibility of a “Grand Coalition” government in Turkey failed on Aug. 13 after a one-and-a-half hour meeting in Ankara.

Comment(s) 8/14/2015

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