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Turkish President Approves Interim Government

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November,...

Election Poll Shows Turkey's Ruling Party Unlikely To Gain Majority

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.26.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu invited high profile opposition figures to join an interim cabinet on Wednesday, two months...

Turkey's President Erdogan Calls Parliamentary Elections

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely anti...

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Turkey In Political Crisis As Violence Spirals

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside an Istanbul palace and eight soldiers were kill...

Turkey's PM Fails To Form Coalition Government

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu formally ended attempts to form the next government on Tuesday after weeks of coali...

Turkey Faces Snap Election

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Turkey faces a snap election this autumn after talks on forming a coalition government broke down on Thursday, increasing ...

Turkey Appears Headed For New Elections

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.31.2015 | World

ANKARA, July 31 (Reuters) - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islam...

Here's What's Behind Erdoğan's New Airstrikes -- And Why They Could Backfire

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly attacked ISIS in Syria. Why now? Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but here's what I think are the key issues driving policy.

Turkey's President Finally Asks Premier To Form Government Month After Election

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA, July 9 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed a quick start to coalition talks on Thursday, after Preside...

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

Turkey's Historic Election: Reflecting on a Transformative Moment

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Sunday's general election was a turning point for Turkey. For the first time in 13 years, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) no longer controls the majority in the parliament and cannot govern alone.

Turkey Post-Elections: Will Erdoğan Be Balanced by the Opposition?

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Wikistrat

The Republic of Turkey has undergone a seismic domestic political shift, as millions of Turkish citizens headed to the polls on June 7 and created a new parliament with four seated parties.

Meet The Pro-Gay, Pro-Women Party Shaking Up Turkish Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Turkey Could Face Early Election After Plunge Into Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, June 8 (Reuters) - Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling ...

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

Sophia Jones

Meet The Transgender Woman Who Wants To Represent Turkey's LGBT Community This Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Twenty years ago, Deva Ozenen didn’t know if she’d ever find a way out of prostitution. The young transgender woman couldn’t fin...

Turkey's Opposition Parties: Looking for an 'Opening' Against Erdogan

John A. Tures | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
John A. Tures

The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.

Ahead of Turkey's Crucial Election, Citizens Take Action to Protect Their Vote

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.

Erdoğan, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.

Change Turkey's Electoral System

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The AKP, which has ruled more than any other party in Turkish history, is bracing to solicit votes for upcoming parliamentary elections with a promise that the country will be better shaped if led by a president with more executive powers.

How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.