People's Party

Turkish main opposition insists on reducing election threshold to 3 percent

A day after Turkey's Constitutional Court dismissed individual complaints filed to lower the 10 percent parliamentary threshold, the main opposition party submitted a fresh bill to Parliament to reduce the election threshold to 3 percent "for fairer representation."

Parliamentary panel refuses to send former ministers to court over graft claims

A parliamentary inquiry commission has voted not to send four former ministers engulfed in the massive corruption and graft operation launched on Dec. 17, 2013, to the Supreme Council for trial.

The deputies voted nine to five to not send the four ex-ministers to the Supreme Council, with the nine votes all coming from ruling party deputies.

Prospects

According to latest estimates, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is coming in at around 44 percent popularity, while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is, as always, around the 25 percent level and the junior opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is at around 16 percent or so.

A year of elections

A long and stressful 2014 brought with it a new president, a new prime minister and a new political balance with the undefeated ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) consolidating its power in local and presidential elections against opposition parties and its erstwhile ally, the Fethullah Gülen community.

CHP calls for a new page

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu called on the Turkish nation to open a new page in 2015 for the sake of the "country and its children."

Citing the general elections in 2015, Kılıçdaroğlu said that people's choices would determine the future of the country.

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