Justice and Development Party (AKP)

AKP rules out early election rumors

The Turkish government does not have an early election in its agenda, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said, after the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader brought up the issue, saying the government might "have to go to early polls" due to economic troubles.

AKP to celebrate 18th anniversary amid dissident move for a new party  

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will celebrate its 18th anniversary in a special ceremony on Aug. 23, a senior party official has said, underlining that the list of invitees will not include the dissidents who are seeking to form a new political party.

Shifting balances in Turkey

Things are happening in Turkey that are not entirely apparent to the rest of the world. The results of recent local elections which saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) lose control of Istanbul showed that the Turkish strongman's star is losing its luster. Meanwhile, there have been some as-yet tentative moves inside the party challenging his authority.