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Main opposition CHP ‘only party that increased votes since last elections’ in Turkey

Duvar English Turkish gov’t ‘may go to snap polls to prevent further loss of votes’ The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is the only party that managed to increase its votes since the June 24, 2018 general elections, a … Continue reading

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Erdoğan sees CHP’s criticism of gov’t as ‘insidious plot’ targeting Turkey

Duvar English President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has likened the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to “insidious plots” targeting Turkey. Main opposition CHP ‘only party that increased votes since last elections’ … Continue reading

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ECHR rejects Turkey’s appeal over ruling on Osman Kavala

Duvar English The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected an appeal by the Turkish government over the court’s decision on influential businessman, philanthropist and civil society activist Osman Kavala. Kavala was jailed in November of 2017 related to … Continue reading

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Interior ministry allows 27 investigations to be launched into İmamoğlu

Duvar English AKP members trim Istanbul Municipality’s resources despite coronavirus pandemic Turkish Interior Ministry has allowed a total of 27 investigations to be launched into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over a number of allegations belonging to his term as a … Continue reading

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Kılıçdaroğlu says several CHP MPs can quit and join DEVA, Future parties to secure their run in elections

Duvar English Main opposition CHP ‘only party that increased votes since last elections’ in Turkey Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that a number of CHP lawmakers can quit and join the Democracy and Progress … Continue reading

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Ankara mayor files lawsuit against former mayor for mismanaging municipality’s resources

Duvar English Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has filed a lawsuit against Melih Gökçek, the former mayor of the city, on the grounds that he used the money allocated for the renewal of a waste water treatment facility for other purposes. … Continue reading

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Six HDP co-mayors removed from duty in southeastern Turkey, eastern province mayor detained

Duvar English Turkey’s Interior Ministry removed six co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) May 15 in the southeastern province of Siirt, and detained the mayor of the eastern town of Iğdır. The two co-mayors of the city of … Continue reading

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Approval ratings for Turkey’s mayors from main opposition CHP climb in first year in office

Duvar English A little over a year after their election in 2019, all mayors who were elected from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have seen increases in their approval ratings, a survey by private poller Avrasya Research revealed. Considered … Continue reading

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CHP Istanbul chair called to testify in case into taking pictures of presidential aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English Turkish presidential aide files lawsuit against CHP’s Istanbul chair over illegal construction spat Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify in the case into the taking pictures of Presidential Communications Director … Continue reading

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Turkey’s main opposition, CHP urges Health Minister to relax COVID-19 travel bans for seniors, seasonal workers

Duvar English Main opposition Vice Chair Yıldırım Kaya wrote a letter to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, urging him to make exceptions to the curfew on senior citizens so they can travel to their hometowns for the summer. Main opposition Republican … Continue reading

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Minister deems Turkish ruling party municipalities’ expenses ‘trade secrets’

Duvar English Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has deemed the expenses of municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) “trade secrets,” upon a parliamentary question by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Alpay Antmen. Antmen asked … Continue reading

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‘Under AKP’s new sentence reform law, mafia leaders released while political prisoners die in jail’

Filiz Gazi / DUVAR On April 14, a 70-article piece of legislation, supported by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its coalition partner, the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), passed in parliament. This law, which was drawn up for … Continue reading

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Use of Turkey’s state-owned aircraft unaccounted for by parliament

Nergis Demirkaya / DUVAR  Main opposition Deputy Chair’s question about the use of helicopters and planes by the Presidency was left unanswered, leaving another parliamentary question unanswered and public information withheld.  Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chair Özgür Özel asked … Continue reading

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CHP Istanbul chair questions accuracy of death certificates amid coronavirus pandemic

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu has questioned the accuracy of death certificates amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while claiming that the death certificate cited the reason for death of a doctor who died … Continue reading

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Four journalists testify in case over report on Turkish presidential aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English Four journalists of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have given their testimonies to the Istanbul police station over a news report concerning illegal construction undertaken by Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on a land in Istanbul’s Kuzguncuk neighborhood. Istanbul … Continue reading

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Netflix removes Designated Survivor episode in Turkey after media watchdog demand

Duvar English Conservatives in Turkey furious at Netflix for bringing a new show said to have LGBT characters Netflix has removed an episode of “Designated Survivor,” in which a fictitious Turkish president is portrayed as a villain, from its service … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog cancels five broadcasts for news programme critical of AKP gov’t

Duvar English Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) issued a penalty to cancel the broadcast of a news program on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV May 1. Ayşenur Arslan’s program “Medya Mahallesi” (“media neighborhood” in Turkish) will also … Continue reading

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Turkey’s top court revokes police authority to access internet users’ personal data

Duvar English Main opposition CHP challenges new prisoner release law in Constitutional Court Turkey’s Constitutional Court has revoked the authority granted to police officers in accessing internet users’ personal data, which was introduced with a state of emergency decree during … Continue reading

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Turkey’s recent amnesty bill: A recipe for more inequality and injustice

Selin Sayek Böke Governments across the world are scrambling to come up with policies to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. A specific aspect of the crisis has been the risk of the virus spreading in prisons and detention centers. That … Continue reading

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Provincial health authority seals off field hospital built by Turkey’s main opposition CHP municipality

Duvar English The provincial health authorities in the southern province of Adana have sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) off over “not being sanitary.” Adana Mayor Zeydan Karalar and the municipality turned a … Continue reading

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