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Party leaders should not run in presidential election: CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu

Apr 29 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Political party leaders should not run in presidential elections because the position requires political impartiality, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on April 29. 

Speaking at a local media gathering in the Marmaris district of Muğla province, Kılıçdaroğlu once again said he would not be running in the upcoming snap presidential election on June 24, recalling that a president will have to swear an oath for “impartially” at parliament to take the seat.

Erdoğan kicks off election campaign in CHP stronghold İzmir

Apr 27 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Dawn News

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will begin working intensely for the early June 24 general and presidential elections as President and Chairman of the AK Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will kick off the campaign tomorrow in the western province of İzmir, a city known for being a stronghold for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

Erdoğan signs election harmonization bill

Apr 26 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Yeni Safak

Bill to bring Turkey’s election system in line with constitutional reforms approved in 2017 referendum. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday signed a harmonization law to bring Turkey’s election system in line with constitutional reforms approved last year in a referendum, according to the presidency.

Under the law, Turkish citizens living abroad can cast their votes until three days before election day in Turkey, scheduled for June 24.

CHP party assembly authorizes Kılıçdaroğlu to form alliance

Apr 25 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) party assembly on April 24 granted full authorization to its leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to hold electoral alliance talks and make all necessary decisions regarding the issue, CHP spokesman leader Bülent Tezcan has said. 

In its extraordinary meeting regarding the upcoming early presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, the CHP party assembly unanimously accepted that Kılıçdaroğlu is fully authorized to take steps regarding a possible electoral alliance with other political parties.

Tensions rise in Turkish politics amid opposition election strategy maneuvers

Apr 23 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

National Sovereignty Day celebrations were marked by political tension between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on April 23, as the latter bids to find a strategy against the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance in the upcoming snap election.

15 CHP MPs quit and join İYİ Party to secure its participation in snap election

Apr 22 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Fifteen main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers quit their party on April 22 and joined İYİ (Good) Party in a bid to secure the latter’s participation in the upcoming early presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.

“Upon the instruction of our party’s leader, 15 of our friends joined İYİ Party as a precautionary measure to prevent problems occurring right at the beginning of the election period,” CHP spokesman leader Bülent Tezcan announced at a press conference in parliament alongside the lawmakers who resigned.

Turkey’s opposition parties in intense bid to shape election strategies

Apr 21 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Given only two months to prepare for the early presidential and parliamentary elections, Turkey’s political parties are scrambling to piece together strategies ahead of the vote.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is set to announce its election manifesto in the coming week ahead of a large party congress in Istanbul, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is still working to come up with an election strategy for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections and to find a candidate for the June 24 vote.

Main opposition CHP stages sit-ins across Turkey against emergency rule

Apr 16 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on April 16 organized sit-ins to protest Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency, declared shortly after the July 2016 coup attempt. The theme of the protest, attended by CHP deputies and local party officials and supported by NGOs in some cities, was: “We want democracy, not the state of emergency.

Turkey’s state of emergency aims to silence dissent: CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu claimed

Apr 13 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The government is continuing to impose the state of emergency in a bid to crackdown on dissent in Turkey, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on April 13. 

“Why are you continuing the state of emergency? For dissent, for those who voice dissident opinions,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in an address to his party’s mayors in Konya on April 13.

CHP calls on top court for decision on imprisoned CHP lawmaker

Apr 09 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesperson Bülent Tezcan called out on the Constitutional Court to make a decision on the imprisoned CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu, noting that the lawmaker has been in prison for 300 days.

It has been 300 days since Enis Berberoğlu was arrested. A lawmaker in Turkey, where the law does not work and justice is controlled by politics, has been a hostage for 300 days and the Constitutional Court hasn’t made a decision on this subject yet,” Tezcan said on April 9 following the CHP Central Executive Board Meeting. 

Opposition will get 60 percent of votes to win presidency in 2019: CHP head claimed

Apr 06 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

A united opposition front brought together “under certain principles” will win the presidential election due in 2019 with 60 percent of the vote, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed.

“We have started to accept the fact that we will definitely win the presidency with at least 60 percent of the votes,” Kılıçdaroğlu said on April 5.

Women will end one-man rule in 2019: CHP leader claimed

Apr 03 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Criticizing the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) approach to women, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu devoted much of his weekly parliamentary meeting to hailing women’s struggle for rights in Turkey.

Women are their [AKP] biggest fear. That’s why they are telling women to stay at home. Women will stay at home if they want and hit the streets to defend their rights if they want,” Kılıçdaroğlu said on April 3 at parliament in Ankara.

İYİ Party holds first congress in Ankara

Apr 01 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The İYİ (Good) Party, which is currently not on the list of the “parties to participate in elections” published by Turkey’s Higher Election Board (YSK), held its first extraordinary general congress on April 1 in order to fulfil a necessary condition for inclusion on the list. 

Meral Akşener was again elected as party chair at the congress, the theme of which was: “The good ones to win.” In her speech to delegates, Akşener said people are currently “silent because of fear,” vowing that the İYİ Party will “destroy the wall of fear.”

Turkish government readies to squeeze internet service providers

Mar 26 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Turkey Pulse - Al Monitor

The government’s chokehold over Turkey’s beleaguered media is tightening with the slapping on of new restrictions and the concurrent sale of the country’s last notionally independent media conglomerate to a pro-government group. The moves are widely seen as part of a concerted push by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to guarantee victory for himself and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in critical municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections that are due to be held next year.

Ruling party ‘ready for election at any time,’ says President Erdoğan

Mar 25 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to receive “the highest vote,” with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance, stating that “the AKP is a party that works as if there will be an election at any time.

We are a movement who is always prepared for elections, as if an election will be held at any moment,” Erdoğan said, speaking at the AKP congress in the northern province of Giresun on March 25.

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