Turkish Parliament

Parliament adopts law for extending state of emergency powers for detention, dismissals

Regulations including the extension of some state of emergency measures were approved in the Turkish Parliament early on July 18.

An omnibus bill that included regulations on the economy was passed in the General Assembly of the parliament and became law.

Erdoğan to embark on much anticipated Cyprus visit

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan heads to Turkish Cyprus on July 19 to mark the anniversary of Turkey's 1974 intervention, a visit which is closely monitored by the European Union and the Greek Cypriots as the trip is seen as a show of strength to support a two-state solution to the island's decades-long division.

Parliament ratifies 4th judicial reform package, animal protection law

The Turkish Parliament on early July 9 approved a long-awaited Animal Protection Law amendment that aimed to protect animals from being abused by humans, changing the scope of the crime committed against animals.

Accordingly, animals will now be removed from the "goods" status and will be counted as "living creatures" in the eyes of law.

CHP leader criticizes delay in releasing former HDP MP

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on July 6 criticized the delay in releasing Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) former lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu despite the decision of a top court to release the lawmaker.

The CHP asks justice for all, Kılıçdaroğlu said while addressing his party's lawmakers at the parliament.

World-famous Cappadocia drew over 60,000 tourists this May

Turkey's world-famous Cappadocia region, home to fabled fairy chimneys and stunning balloon rides, welcomed over 60,000 tourists this May, local tourism officials said in a statement on June 11.

According to authorities in the central Nevşehir province, 61,634 people visited 17 top tourist sites in Cappadocia.