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Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey tumbles into recession as polls loom

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year are sensitive issues for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party before the vote on March 31

TURKEY. Skyscrapers are pictured at the financial and business district Maslak on August 15, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeats his nearest rival Muharrem Ince with an 'absolute majority' of more than half the vote without needing a second round, saiys the chief of Turkey's election authority, Sadi Guven

VICTORY. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey's AKP to hold extraordinary congress May 21 –media

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AKP party officials confirm Erdogan will be a candidate for party leader at the congress the Hurriyet daily and the NTV television channel report

ERDOGAN AND THE AKP. Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference with the Latvian President during Erdogan's visit to Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/ AFP

Turkey set for watershed poll on expanding Erdogan powers

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The referendum will shape its political system for the next generation and determine the key NATO member s future relationship with the West

In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during the draw ceremony for judges and public prosecutors at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara, on October 12, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe – minister

Oct 23, 2016 - 3:57 PM

More than 35 000 people have been arrested over alleged links to the group said to be behind the failed coup in July

Turkey arrests ex-envoy who brokered secret Gulen meeting

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Gurcan Balik s arrest is one of the first times a figure linked to the political leadership in the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP has been implicated in the July 15 coup

Mass unity rally against Turkey coup plotters

Aug 08, 2016 - 1:10 AM

UPDATED Erdogan says the movement run by US based preacher Fethullah Gulen – blamed by Ankara for the July 15 coup attempt – will pay a price for what they have done

epa05461298 People wave Turkish flags during a rally to protest at the failed coup attempt of 15th July 2016 and mourn the 240 people killed including civilians, policemen, and soldiers, in Istanbul, Turkey 07 August 2016. Thousands of people attend a democracy rally in Istanbul to protest the 15th July coup attempt. The president, Prime Minister, main opposition head and the leader of the country?s foremost nationalist party joined the rally. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Have 'at least 3 kids', Erdogan tells Turkish women

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:20 AM

A woman who rejects motherhood who refrains from being around the house however successful her working life is is deficient is incomplete says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

epa05342146 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, 02 June 2016. Erdogan and the Turkish delegation are visiting Kenya to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations with the East African country. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vows to ensure that the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey election authority denies being source of data leak – report

Apr 09, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The head of Turkey s election authority says there was no leak in their system even though the information released is compatible with their records

Erdogan's AKP regains majority in stunning election comeback

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:17 AM

UPDATED The result is a huge personal victory for 61 year old Erdogan Turkey s divisive strongman who may now be able to secure enough support for his controversial ambitions to expand his role into a powerful US style executive presidency

PARLIAMENTARY POLLS. Officials count votes after the close of voting in Diyarbakir, Turkey on November 1. Photo from Sedat Suna/EPA

Divided Turkey votes in critical election as violence spirals

Nov 01, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The poll is the second in only five months called after the Justice and Development Party lost its parliamentary majority in June

AHEAD OF THE POLLS. Supporters of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cheer and wave Turkish and party flags during a general election rally in Ankara, Turkey, 31 October 2015. Turkey's general elections will be held on 01 November 2015. EPA/UMIT BEKTAS / POOL

Turkey PM forms election government including pro-Kurdish party

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:31 AM

The newly appointed cabinet will not have to undergo a vote of confidence in parliament as required in the constitution The president s approval is considered enough for interim governments

ELECTION GOVERNMENT. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves the makeup of the provisional government that will run the country until November 1 elections. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan calls snap polls

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:13 AM

A presidential statement released after a meeting between Erdogan and parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz gives no date for the elections but the president had previously said he expected the polls to be held on November 1

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey's new-look parliament opens as coalition nears

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:20 PM

The meeting also fires a starting shot for the parties formal efforts to agree a coalition after an election seen as one of the seismic events in Turkish politics in recent decades

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey's Erdogan warns of snap vote if coalition talks fail

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:50 AM

Erdogan cites the chaos engulfing neighbors Syria and Iraq to encourage the parties to form a government quickly

Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

With wary eye, Turkey readies for return of coalition rule

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:46 AM

AKP leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the party will work to form a coalition while warning that early elections cannot be ruled out should the discussions fail

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Erdogan breaks silence as Turkey PM seeks coalition

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:08 PM

The ruling Justice and Development Party is set to talk to the opposition on forming a coalition after it lost its parliamentary majority in the poll

LOSING POWER? Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), waves to supporters as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 2015. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

Turkey ruling party loses majority in blow for Erdogan

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The results wreck Recep Tayyip Erdogan s dream of agreeing a new constitution to switch Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system that he had made a fundamental issue in the campaign

STRONG SUPPORT. Supporters of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wait for Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) in front of the party's headquarter in Ankara, Turkey, June 7, 2015. Depo Photos/EPA

Turkey votes in crunch test for Erdogan

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The legislative elections is a crucial test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s plan for a new constitution to give him greater powers

CAMPAIGN FIESTA. People walk under campaign flags and posters in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Turkey's Erdogan dares opposition to 'find my golden toilet'

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Erdogan s 1 150 room palace has been condemned by critics as an absurd extravagance and held up as proof he is slipping further into authoritarianism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a rally marking the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 30, 2015. Sedat Suna

5 Turkish deputies hurt as tensions spiral over protest bill

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The scuffles saw MPs brandishing ceremonial gavels exchanging punches and one deputy even dumped in a flowerbed

A session of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/EPA

Turkey government battles to push protest bill into parliament

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:46 AM

The opposition fears so called homeland security reform bill introduced by the ruling Islamic rooted Justice and Development Party AKP will effectively create a police state under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A session of the Turkish Parliament, at the Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP

Hamas chief lauds Turkey as 'source of power' for Muslims

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:13 PM

A democratic stable and developed Turkey is a source of power for all Muslims says Khaled Meshaal in an address to the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP annual congress

File photo of Khaled Meshaal from AFP

At least 14 dead as protests rage in Turkey over Kobane

Oct 08, 2014 - 4:02 PM

UPDATED At least 14 people were killed as pro Kurdish protests raged across Turkey over the government s failure to act against jihadists attacking the majority Kurdish Syrian border city of Kobane

A picture available on 08 October 2014 shows protestors clashing with riot police during a demonstration against Islamic State (ISIS) in Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey, 07 October 2014. Sertac Kayar/EPA

Erdogan vows no change ahead of Turkey handover

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:34 PM

The Turkish strongman rejected suggestions that Ahmet Davutoglu would simply be a puppet premier and said that the AKP would never be a one man party

TURKEY'S MOST POWERFUL. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands during meeting in Ankara, Turkey 21 August 2014. Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/EPA

Turkey's Erdogan risks bumpier economic ride during presidency

Aug 24, 2014 - 11:06 PM

A tricky external environment and concerns about the wisdom of some policies means Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have a bumpier ride ahead as Turkey s president

MR PRESIDENT. Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged cheers of supporters during an election rally in Konya, Turkey, 09 August 2014. Kayhan Ozer/EPA

Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:54 AM

The executive committee of the Justice and Development Party AKP will meet in Ankara at 1100 GMT to agree a successor for Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'NEXT TURKISH PM.' Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Davutoglu will be new Turkish PM, says Gül

Aug 20, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Abdullah Gül: We must all help him with his task It was I who convinced him to go into politics I am going to support him

'NEXT TURKISH PM.' Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

From PM to president: What next after Erdogan victory?

Aug 13, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Here are the next steps as Recep Tayyip Erdogan moves from the prime minister s offices in Ankara to the Cankaya presidential palace

Supporters of newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan listen to his speech from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters in Ankara on August 10, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan wins Turkish presidency, vows 'new era'

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:09 AM

UPDATED With Turkey still deeply polarized after bitter 2013 protests Erdogan has vowed to shake up the country s political system to make the president its number one figure

MISTER PRESIDENT. Turkish president elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) cheers his supporters next to his wife Emine (2-R) and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev (2-L) after results of the elections at the headquarter of Turkey's Ruling Party Justice and Developmant Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, 10 August 2014. EPA/Stringer

Turkey set to elect Erdogan as strongman president

Aug 10, 2014 - 2:29 PM

The polls are the first time Turkey will directly elect its president who has previously been chosen by parliament and in recent decades has fulfilled a largely ceremonial role

MR PRESIDENT? Turkish Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged cheers of supporters during an election rally in Konya, Turkey, 09 August 2014. Kayhan Ozer/EPA

Turkey PM 'ready to quit' if party loses local polls

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:55 AM

But the opposition slammed Erdogan s remarks as a show of defiance

'STOP MEDDLING' In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of the Turkish community at Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, 04 February 2014. Rainer Jensen/EPA

Turkey PM tells former ally to stop meddling

Mar 03, 2014 - 9:55 AM

Erdogan has blamed Gulen and his supporters in Turkey of launching a major corruption probe targeting key members of his inner circle

'STOP MEDDLING' In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of the Turkish community at Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, 04 February 2014. Rainer Jensen/EPA

Turkey president signs controversial Internet law into force

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Abdullah Gul said on his Twitter feed he promulgated the law after the government assured him it would soften parts of it through later amendments

Turkish economic success falls victim to political turmoil

Jan 19, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Turkey was once hailed as an economic success story – but today the picture is bleak overshadowed by an escalating political crisis

MASSIVE RALLY. Protesters take part in an anti-corruption protest in Ankara on January 11, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey PM signals judicial reform will go ahead

Jan 13, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Erdogan s government would go ahead with controversial reforms curbing judges powers amid a deepening corruption scandal

REFORMS A GO. In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to journalists in Ankara, December 25, 2013. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey graft probe blocked as defiant PM digs in

Dec 27, 2013 - 7:12 AM

Clear pressure from Istanbul s chief prosecutor and police commanders have stymied further arrests in the investigation says state prosecutor

DEFIANT. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a speech during a meeting at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, 25 December 2013. EPA/Cem Oksuz/Anadolu Agency

Turkey PM reshuffles cabinet amid graft scandal

Dec 26, 2013 - 7:06 AM

The reshuffle comes as a spreading graft scandal forces the resignation of three top ministers and threatened the premier s own hold on power

TWO OUT. Turkey's Economy and Interior ministers step down in the midst of a graft scandal, just hourse after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrives from a foreign trip. Here, Erdogan addresses supporters upon his arrival to Esenboga Airport in Ankara December 24, 2013 AFP/Adem Altan

Two Turkey ministers resign over graft probe

Dec 25, 2013 - 5:42 PM

Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler announce their resignations hours after PM Erdogan returns from a trip abroad

TWO OUT. Turkey's Economy and Interior ministers step down in the midst of a graft scandal, just hourse after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrives from a foreign trip. Here, Erdogan addresses supporters upon his arrival to Esenboga Airport in Ankara December 24, 2013 AFP/Adem Altan

Turkey PM vows to go after rivals over mass graft probe

Dec 23, 2013 - 7:51 AM

Erdogan: Whoever dares to harm stir up or set traps in this country we will come to break those hands

MEETING THE PRESS. In this photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference he attended with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (not pictured) in Ankara, Turkey, 18 December 2013. EPA/Muammer Tan/Anadolu Agency

Turkey PM brands graft probe 'ugly' anti-government plot

Dec 19, 2013 - 8:11 AM

Several dozen police chiefs have been sacked in the wake of the dawn raids on Tuesday December 17 which led to the detention of 51 people

MEETING THE PRESS. In this photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference he attended with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (not pictured) in Ankara, Turkey, 18 December 2013. EPA/Muammer Tan/Anadolu Agency

Turkey PM gives protesters 'last warning'

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:55 PM

A day after meeting with protest leaders and offering to hold a referendum on plans to redevelop Gezi Park Tayyip Erdogan resumes his combative stance and issues a final warning for protesters to evacuate

FACING PROTESTS. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on June 11, 2013. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan floats referendum to end Istanbul park protest

Jun 13, 2013 - 7:02 AM

The gesture came as thousands gathered in the city s Taksim Square next to Gezi Park for a 13th evening of demonstrations

FACING PROTESTS. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on June 11, 2013. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP