ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks go to the polls on Sunday in the closest parliamentary election in more than a decade, one that could pave the way for President Tayyip Erdogan to amass greater power or end 12 years of single-party rule for the AK Party he founded.
A deadly bombing in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Friday has magnified attention on the pro-Kurdish opposition, which is trying to enter parliament as a party for the first time. Efforts to end a three-decade Kurdish insurgency as well as Erdogan’s political ambitions could hinge on that party’s fate.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds protesting against a rally by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in eastern Turkey on Thursday, ahead of weekend parliamentary elections.
The clashes are the latest in a series of incidents to mar campaigning in the run-up to Sunday’s highly charged vote, in which the HDP is hoping to deal a heavy blow to President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of a more powerful presidency by passing the 10 percent threshold required to enter parliament.
Evoking the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and vowing the Muslim call to prayer would forever ring out, President Tayyip Erdogan put religion center stage on Saturday as campaigning for Turkey’s parliamentary election entered its final week.
ISTANBUL, May 29 (Reuters) – Turkish authorities said on
Friday they had decided to take over Bank Asya, the
Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip
Erdogan and U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
The move was announced by the banking watchdog BDDK just
over a week ahead of a parliamentary election and on the same
day that Erdogan launched the Islamic business of the
state-owned Ziraat Bank.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen seen as supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan’s ally-turned-foe, a provincial governor’s office said.
Moves against what Erdogan calls a parallel structure or terrorist group within the state had until now focused on suspected Gulen sympathisers in the police, judiciary, media and a bank founded by his followers.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen perceived to be supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan’s ally-turned-foe, the Dogan news agency said.
Moves against what Erdogan calls a “parallel structure” within the state had until now focused on suspected members of Gulen’s network in the police, judiciary, media and a bank founded by his followers.
ISTANBUL, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank left
interest rates on hold on Wednesday, taking advantage of a lull
in political pressure for easing ahead of a June 7 election to
keep up its fight against rising inflation.
President Tayyip Erdogan has issued a barrage of calls for
lower rates in the past few months but has halted his criticism
in recent weeks after it sparked widespread concern about
political meddling in monetary policy.
ISTANBUL, May 18 (Reuters) – Turkish automaker Tofas
halted production at its main factory on Monday, as a
protest against working conditions intensified and threatened to
embarrass President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party weeks
before a parliamentary election.
Erdogan and the socially conservative, pro-business party he
founded are widely credited with guiding Turkey through years of
rapid expansion. But that reputation may be coming unstuck as
growth slows and unemployment remains above 11 percent.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish unemployment hit 11.2 percent in the first three months of the year, data showed on Friday, highlighting the pressures on the economy weeks before a parliamentary election.
Having built its reputation on years of economic expansion, the ruling AK Party is now faced with flagging growth, and has resorted to putting pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A top figure in Turkey’s AK Party said trust in the judiciary had been eroded during the group’s time in office, comments likely to anger President Tayyip Erdogan and pointing to unease in the ruling party ahead of a parliamentary election.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who has sparred with Erdogan in the past, suggested in a television interview late on Monday that the Justice and Development (AK) Party had lived up to only half its name after more than a decade in power.