Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Jun 8, 2015

Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s legislative elections, dealing a severe blow to strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to expand his powers. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the biggest share of the vote in the closely-fought elections, ...

Jun 5, 2015

Erdogan the conqueror

by Marc Champion

For Turkey's weakened democratic institutions to survive, and for it to remain delicately balanced between East and West, the Kurds and their new friends need to do well in Sunday's elections.

Jun 2, 2015

Turkey's Erdogan to sue opposition over golden toilet claim

Turkey’s president is suing the country’s opposition leader for slander for allegedly claiming before a national election that bathrooms in his 1,115-room palace had gold-plated seats. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lawyer told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that he would seek compensation ...

Erdogan denies lavish palace has gold-plated toilet seats

Jun 1, 2015

Erdogan denies lavish palace has gold-plated toilet seats

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited the main opposition party leader to inspect the toilets in his lavish, 1,150-room palace after the politician claimed that it had gold-plated toilet seats. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan’s office extended the invitation Monday, following accusations ...

All of Erdogan's meals tested at home and abroad: doctor

Mar 4, 2015

All of Erdogan's meals tested at home and abroad: doctor

Every meal that goes before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rigorously tested both at home and abroad for fear of possible assassination, his personal doctor said. And now a special food analysis laboratory will be built at Erdogan’s controversial presidential palace to make ...

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Feb 4, 2015

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his appreciation to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey’s assistance in trying to resolve the hostage crisis that ended with Islamic State militants killing two Japanese nationals, officials said. “Japan will fulfill its responsibility to contribute to stability ...

Jan 15, 2015

Netanyahu returns fire over Erdogan jibe on Paris rally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blasted him this week for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris. “I believe his shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community, because the ...

Erdogan's guards: now clad in chain mail

Jan 13, 2015

Erdogan's guards: now clad in chain mail

Spear-carrying guardsmen, warriors bedecked in chain mail, gleaming golden helmets and even a few fake mustaches thrown in for good measure — Turkey’s president has spared nothing in a dramatic remake of his palace ceremonial guard. On Monday, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas could have ...

Jan 2, 2015

Man arrested over failed attack near Istanbul presidential office

Turkish police said Thursday a suspected “terrorist” armed with grenades and old guns was arrested after a failed attack near the office in Istanbul of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police chief Selami Altinok said the “attack” was launched by a man suspected of being ...