ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s first directly elected president will be a more powerful figure than the current largely ceremonial role, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Tuesday as saying, boosting expectations he may run for the post in August.
Erdogan is barred by the rules of his ruling AK Party from standing for a fourth term as prime minister and, although the party could amend them with relative ease, he has made little secret of his ambition to become president.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looked a step closer to a presidential bid and to gaining the upper hand in a bitter power struggle on Monday, casting strong local election results as a mandate to hunt down enemies within the state “in their lair”.
His AK Party swept the electoral map in Sunday’s polls, retaining control of the two biggest cities Istanbul and Ankara and increasing its share of the national vote as his pugnacious leadership style, beloved by a loyal, conservative voter base, trumped a stream of corruption allegations and security leaks.
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would “enter the lair” of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. “They will pay for this,” he said.
But while Erdogan’s AK Party was well ahead in overall votes after Sunday’s elections, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) appeared close to seizing the capital Ankara.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA, March 30 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan turns to the ballot box that has favoured him over a decade on Sunday in his battle to ward off graft allegations and stem a stream of damaging security leaks he blames on “traitors” embedded in the Turkish state.
The municipal elections have become a crisis referendum on the rule of Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party and he has been crisscrossing the nation of 77 million during weeks of hectic campaigning to rally his conservative core voters.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has started an espionage investigation after a discussion between top officials on potential military action in Syria was leaked on YouTube, heralding a possible government crackdown on its political opponents after elections on Sunday.
The recording of the meeting between Turkey’s intelligence chief, foreign minister and deputy head of the military was by far the most serious breach in weeks of highly sensitive leaks, a scandal which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has cast as a plot to sabotage the state and topple him.
HATAY (Reuters) – It is already past lunchtime and souvenir shop owner Halil Santoglu has yet to make a sale – a frequent complaint these days in this once bustling bazaar as the war in nearby Syria wreaks havoc with the economy of Turkey’s southern borderlands.
Santoglu and other residents of Hatay say Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party has mishandled the Syria crisis and exacerbated its impact on their province, and they plan to punish the party in Turkey’s municipal elections on Sunday.
ANKARA (Reuters) – A Turkish court upheld an appeal on Wednesday to end a blockage of Twitter that has provoked public outrage and drawn international condemnation only days ahead of the critical local elections.
But it was not immediately clear if or when the bar would be removed, although Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc urged the Turkey’s telecoms authority, which carried out the ban, to respect the court order.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, rallying hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters in Istanbul, said on Sunday that political enemies accusing him of corruption would be crushed by their own immorality.
The rally on the shores of the Sea of Marmara marked the climax of weeks of campaigning for March 30 local polls that may decide his political fate. Tens of thousands more gathered outside the rally grounds and clambered over fences to get in.
ANKARA, March 21 (Reuters) – Taxi driver Ramazan Aktay is
quick to shrug off the corruption scandal swirling around
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, at least as long as the
ruling party keeps delivering free food and coal to his working
class suburb of Ankara.
Allegations of government graft, which Erdogan has cast as a
campaign to destroy him by political enemies at home and abroad,
have spiralled into the biggest challenge of his 11-year rule,
unnerved foreign investors and raised questions about Turkey’s
commitment to democratic reforms.
ANKARA (Reuters) – President Abdullah Gul has dismissed suggestions that outside forces are conspiring against Turkey, openly contradicting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s assertions that a corruption scandal shaking the country is part of a foreign-backed plot.
The graft inquiry swirling around Erdogan’s government has grown into the biggest challenge of his 11-year-rule. He has repeatedly cast it as a scheme by political enemies at home and abroad to damage him ahead of March 30 local elections.