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Apr 4, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for rate cut, says no early election

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for an emergency interest rate cut, ruled out early elections and spoke against the lifting of a Twitter ban on Friday, signalling no let-up in his domineering style ahead of an expected August presidential bid.

Returning to the public eye after several days of rest following his AK Party’s strong showing in local polls last Sunday, Erdogan said markets had rallied on the back of the election results and lower interest rates would encourage investors to pump more money into Turkey.

Mar 31, 2014

Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph

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.

Mar 27, 2014

Turkey calls Syria security leak ‘villainous,’ blocks YouTube

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan on Thursday denounced as “villainous” the leaking of a
recording of top security officials discussing possible military
action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

Turkish authorities ordered the shutdown of the site.

Erdogan’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the
posting a “declaration of war,” an apparent reference to an
escalating power struggle between Erdogan and rivals.

Mar 27, 2014

Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as “villainous” and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site.

The anonymous posting followed similar releases on social media in recent weeks which Erdogan has cast as a plot orchestrated by political enemies to unseat him ahead of March 30 elections. But it took the campaign to a higher level, impinging on the most sensitive areas of national security.

Mar 23, 2014

Turkish PM Erdogan says rivals will be crushed

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.

Mar 23, 2014

Turkish PM Erdogan says won’t be listening to critics

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters on Sunday, dismissing accusations of intolerance by Western and domestic critics. “I don’t care who it is. I’m not listening,” he said to cheers.

Erdogan, tackling a corruption scandal that could damage his

AK Party at local polls next Sunday, used a speech in the western city of Izmit also to announce Turkish forces had shot down a Syrian fighter that had crossed into Turkish air space.

Mar 22, 2014

Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a “digital coup” and the president expressing his disapproval.

A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local elections, to “wipe out” the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Mar 21, 2014

Turkish Twitter ban draws public fury, sets PM at odds with president

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections sparked public fury over a “digital coup” on Friday, brought international condemnation and triggered a rift between prime minister and president.

Courts blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local polls, to “wipe out” the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Mar 14, 2014

Leaked documents purport to reveal Turkish graft allegations

ISTANBUL, March 14 (Reuters) – A Twitter account behind a
string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal has posted what
it presented as prosecution files accusing former government
ministers of involvement with an Iranian businessman in a
bribery and smuggling racket.

The posting late on Thursday is the latest blow to Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal which has grown
into one of the biggest challenges of his 11-year rule, and
which he says is orchestrated by his political enemies to
undermine him weeks ahead of important local elections.

Mar 5, 2014

Insight -Turkey’s Erdogan rallies popular support in power struggle

ANKARA (Reuters) – Before cheering crowds, he dons the mantle of tragic hero, comparing his enemies to leeches, reciting a poem that once saw him jailed for sedition and invoking the memory of his political hero, toppled and hanged by the generals.

Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, shaken by a graft scandal he says is concocted by a former ally, is fighting to secure his political future in the run up to March polls. But more than that, he sees at stake the legacy of an 11-year drive to reshape Turkey, breaking the hold of a secular, urban elite.

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