Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Turkey ceases all international flights in response to coronavirus crisis

The Turkish authorities have extended their partial ban on flights to now cover all overseas destinations. The decision to ground all international flights to contain the coronavirus pandemic was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, 27 March. The president gave the news at a press conference after meeting with the country’s leading medical […]

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Turkey sends troops to Libya to help UN-backed government in Tripoli

Turkish troops are on their way to North Africa where they will provide support to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The development comes three days after the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) approved a mandate for the mission following a formal request from the GNA for military support from Turkey. On […]

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Is Erdoğan’s call for Turks to have at least 3 children failing?

Turks want to have less children compared to the past, a dating app’s data revealed recently. According to the figures provided by OKCupid, while 60% of their users want only one or two children, 35% are not planning to have any at all. It suggests that Turks are not heeding their President’s call to have […]

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President Erdoğan opens ‘Europe’s first eco-mosque’ in Cambridge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has attended the official opening of a unique eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge on Thursday afternoon. Cambridge Central Mosque on Mill Road, which has the capacity for 1,000 worshippers, cost £23m to build. The Turkish government and singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), who also attended the inauguration, were among the […]

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Turkey defends military campaign in Syria in face of international outcry 

TURKEY has launched a staunch defence of its military campaign in north-eastern Syria following an international backlash. The country began a large-scale military incursion, which it has called Operation Peace Spring, on Wednesday, 9 October, with the aim of creating a “safe zone” on the other side of its border with Syria. The operation went […]

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Book launch: Erdoğan Rising – The Times’ Istanbul correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith in conversation with Anthony Loyd

In conversation with Anthony Loyd, Hannah Lucinda Smith analyses Turkey’s ailing democracy – and what Erdoğan’s continuing hold on power means for the rest of us. More than fifteen years before Donald Trump ascended to the American presidency, Turkey was the crucible for the new, authoritarian populism now shaking the world. Its President, Recep Tayyip […]

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Erdoğan accuses former top minister Babacan of ‘abandoning common cause’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused one of his former ministers of “abandoning the common cause” after he decided to quit the Justice Development Party (AKP) he helped form. Ankara MP Ali Babacan, one of the founders of the AKP who served as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister and Economy Minister during a […]

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Ekrem Imamoğlu wins decisively in Istanbul Mayoral re-run

Binali Yıldırım conceded defeat just two hours after counting started, such was the gulf between him and Republican People’s Party candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu, who won Istanbul’s Mayoral election re-run with 54% of the vote on Sunday, 23 June. The former AK Party Prime Minister was aiming to overturn a slender defeat of some 13,000 in […]

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İmamoğlu and Yıldırım go head-to-head again, as Istanbul holds Mayoral re-run

Ten million Istanbul residents are returning to the polls today, Sunday 23 June, to elect a mayor after opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu’s surprising win in the March Local Elections was annulled. The relatively unknown İmamoğlu, 49, beat political veteran Binali Yıldırım by 30,000 votes, later whittled down to 13,000 votes after several recounts. Unwilling to […]

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Istanbul mayoral hopeful İmamoğlu slams ethnic ‘smear campaign’

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition candidate fighting for a second time to become mayor of Istanbul, has hit out at a “smear campaign” targeting his ethnicity. Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AK party’s candidate Binali Yıldırım have reportedly been suggesting that Mr İmamoğlu is of “secret” Greek heritage, with less than three […]