Secularism in Turkey

Council of State rejects bid to halt Istanbul Convention withdrawal

Turkey's Council of State has rejected a request for the continuation of Turkey's stay in the Istanbul Convention, a Council of Europe treaty designed to eradicate violence against women, and the annulment of the president's decision to leave the agreement despite an avalanche of opposition from women and feminist groups.

İYİ Party leader criticizes gov’t for ‘late’ response to ‘sea snot’ problem

Opposition İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has criticized the government for not doing enough to protect the environment.

"Today, there is a government that does not protect its trees, forests and seas," she said, addressing her party's parliamentary group meeting on June 9.

İYİ Party leader chides imam of Hagia Sophia


İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener criticized the controversial remarks on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, by an imam in Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

"He curses the founder of our republic. May Allah corrects those who do this and those who condone it," she said, addressing the İYİ Party parliamentary group meeting on June 2.

CHP leader renews call for snap elections

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu renewed his call for snap elections in Turkey and accused President Recep Tayyip of running away from the idea of early polls.

Speaking at his party's parliamentary group meeting on June 1, Kılıçdaroğlu criticized Erdoğan for "running away" from his call for snap elections.

Nation Alliance slams escalation during Akşener visit to Black Sea region

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said a verbal attack against İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener in the Black Sea province of Rize is an organized act.

The perpetrators of the incident "have not taken their share of democracy" he said, speaking to private Sözcü TV on May 20.

People Alliance, Nation Alliance agree over candidates for election of board of judges, prosecutors

The political parties of the Nation Alliance and the People Alliance have agreed on the candidates for the Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK), the first consensus between the two rival camps.

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül on May 20 announced that the People Alliance and the Nation Alliance have agreed at the commission of parliament.