Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Analysing the results of Turkey’s snap 2018 elections
 

Turkey witnessed its first joint presidential and parliamentary elections a little over a week ago, marking a significant change in the country’s political history. The 24 June snap vote had a turnout of around 87% and ushered in a new system of government, bringing reforms to the Turkish constitution –narrowly approved in a controversial referendum […]

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Turkey takes “giant leap” in becoming a gas transit hub with opening of TANAP

  Azerbaijan’s President İlham Aliyev and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan formally inaugurated the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Eskişehir, Turkey, on June 12, 2018. Joining them at the opening ceremony were Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, along with energy ministers, diplomats and executives of energy […]

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Interest rate hike stabilises tumbling Turkish lira
 

  After weeks of depreciation, the Turkish lira appears to have rallied back, closing at 4.66 against the US dollar on Monday. It follows Turkey’s central bank raising interest rates to try and prop up the embattled currency, which hit a record low of 4.9290 last week. Leading government officials also met with investors in […]

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Could June elections spell the end of AKP dominance?

  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broke a pledge he made to the electorate by calling snap elections. On 24 June 2018, the country will head to the polls to decide Turkey’s new President and Parliamentarians, more than a year earlier than scheduled. The Turkish leader claims the early elections are vital to dispel the political uncertainty. […]

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Turkey’s main opposition CHP pushes for electoral reform

  Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) submitted a draft bill to remove the 10-percent threshold in the country’s electoral system Hürriyet Daily News reported Friday. The move comes after the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and opposition Nationalist Action Party (MHP) jointly submitted a 26-article legislative package proposing substantial changes to election […]

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Pope Francis and President Erdoğan discuss Jerusalem at the Vatican

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed Jerusalem with Pope Francis on Monday amid the continuing upheaval caused by the US’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital last year. President Erdoğan, who became the first Turkish head of state to visit the Vatican in almost 60 years, had a fifty minute meeting with the […]