Turkey needs major change, opposition leader says

Leaders of political parties issued messages on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) party leader suggesting that Turkey needs a major change for its future.

"For a genuine feast in Turkey, we need a major change and the prevalence of meritocracy," Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Justice minister condemns countries 'interfering in Turkey’s Kavala ruling'

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ reacted on April 26 against the statements from abroad regarding a local court's ruling on businessman Osman Kavala decision, stressing that other countries have no right to interfere in Turkey's internal affairs.

"Let them mind their own business. It is not for the U.S. or Germany to interfere in Turkey's internal affairs," Bozdağ told reporters.

Khashoggi decision in line with laws, says justice minister

A Turkish court's decision on the suspension and transfer of trial regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is in line with laws, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said.

"[The court's ruling] does not mean that the case will be dismissed or the transfer of the jurisdiction," Bozdağ tweeted on April 15.

Worst of pandemic over, says health minister

The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over for Turkey, and people should not worry anymore, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said.

The Health Ministry's Science Board, which advises the government on the pandemic, will have an important meeting next week in which members will discuss the use of face masks in schools, Koca told reporters on April 14.