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Erdogan's AKP leads in Istanbul, Ankara in Turkish local election

The AKP was also leading in the capital Ankara with 51.6 percent of votes after 22.5 percent of ballots were opened, NTV said.

Mar 31, 2019, 22:16 PM IST

Tayyip Erdogan promises to 'transform Turkey' after victory in landmark elections

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's victory means he will remain president at least until 2023 - the centenary of the founding of the Turkish republic on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Jun 25, 2018, 23:17 PM IST

Tayyip Erdogan, ruling AK Party build comfortable lead in Turkish elections

Erdogan, the most popular but also divisive leader in modern Turkish history, will extend his 15-year rule in Turkey.

Jun 25, 2018, 01:15 AM IST

Turkish government extends state of emergency rule for another three months

The extension followed weekend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the abortive coup in which around 250 people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed.

Jul 18, 2017, 00:01 AM IST

Turkey to announce date of constitutional referendum this week: PM Binali Yildirim

Turkey`s high electoral board is expected to announce the date this week of a referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the powers of the presidency, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

Jan 25, 2017, 16:10 PM IST

Turkey's Parliament approves key articles of constitutional reform

Turkey`s parliament approved key articles of a constitutional reform overnight which would allow the president to be a member of a political party and issue decrees, bringing a step closer the executive presidency sought by Tayyip Erdogan.

Jan 13, 2017, 12:59 PM IST

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after ruling party email dump

Turkey`s Internet watchdog has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website in Turkey, it said, after the whistleblower organisation released nearly 300,000 emails from the ruling AK Party.

Jul 20, 2016, 12:47 PM IST

Watch: Turkish lawmakers exchange blows over 'changes' to Constitution

A video of Turkish lawmakers exchanging blows in Parliament over plans to strip MPs of their immunity from prosecution has gone viral on the social media.

May 03, 2016, 15:21 PM IST

Turkey submits draft proposal to strip MPs of immunity - AKP officials

The Turkish government submitted a draft proposal to parliament on Tuesday that would strip lawmakers of immunity from prosecution, ruling AK Party officials said, a move seen as largely targeting a pro-Kurdish party.

Apr 13, 2016, 00:10 AM IST

Turkish PM, asked to form government, vows quick start on coalition talks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed a quick start to coalition talks on Thursday, after President Tayyip Erdogan instructed him to form a new government more than a month after an election deprived their AK Party of a parliamentary majority.

Jul 10, 2015, 02:36 AM IST

Former Turkey President Demirel, twice toppled by military, dead at 90

Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, who was twice toppled by the military during seven stints at the head of government, died early on Wednesday, according to a hospital official and Turkish media. He was 90.

Jun 17, 2015, 10:49 AM IST

Turkish PM says coalitions not ideal, but open to all options

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday history had shown Turkey was ill suited to coalition governments but the ruling AK Party was open to all options after losing its parliamentary majority for the first time in a weekend election, 

Jun 11, 2015, 16:15 PM IST

Turkey's possible post-election scenarios

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan`s hopes of assuming greater powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time.

Jun 08, 2015, 18:34 PM IST

Turkey's Erdogan trades accusations with Kurdish leader after bombs

Turkey`s pro-Kurdish opposition party on Saturday accused President Tayyip Erdogan of failing to show respect for two of its supporters who died in a bomb attack, a day before polls that could see it thwart his bid for sweeping new powers.
 

Jun 07, 2015, 03:08 AM IST

Turkish electoral body rejects Kurdish complaint against Erdogan

 Turkey`s electoral commission has rejected a complaint from the Kurdish opposition that accused President Tayyip Erdogan of breaching the constitution with speeches backing the ruling AK Party ahead of a June election.

May 06, 2015, 14:00 PM IST

Ex-leader Gul says Turkey needs stronger parliament, not presidency

  Turkey needs a better parliamentary system, not a more powerful presidency, former President Abdullah Gul said, in clear disagreement with his successor`s drive to change the constitution and give the head of state executive powers.

Apr 16, 2015, 14:50 PM IST

Turkish pollsters see weaker support for AK Party in June vote

 Five Turkish polling companies have predicted the ruling AK Party`s share of the vote will drop in a June 7 parliamentary election, a blow to Tayyip Erdogan`s ambition of strengthening his presidential powers.

Apr 15, 2015, 15:35 PM IST

Rise of Turkish Islamic schooling upsets secular parents

Turkey has seen a sharp rise in religious schooling under reforms which President Tayyip Erdogan casts as a defence against moral decay, but which opponents see as an unwanted drive to shape a more Islamic nation.

Dec 02, 2014, 12:01 PM IST

Turkish president Gul tips FM Davutoglu to be next prime minister

Outgoing Turkish president Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was likely to take over as chairman of the ruling AK Party, and thus become the next prime minister.

Aug 20, 2014, 01:56 AM IST

Turkey`s Erdogan urges his party to forge ahead with new constitution

Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan urged his AK Party on Thursday to secure a stronger parliamentary majority next year to enable them to re-write the constitution, signalling no let-up in his drive to strengthen the presidency.

Aug 14, 2014, 20:53 PM IST