turkish politics

Turkish Police Seal Off Hotel to Halt Dissident Opposition Congress

By Gulsen Solaker and Mert Ozkan ANKARA, May 15 – Police sealed off a hotel in Ankara on Sunday, preventing dissidents in Turkey’s nationalist opposition from holding a party congress that could jeopardize President Tayyip Erdogan’s plans for more power. Several hundred members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have launched a bid to oust

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Dissent Stifled, Not Crushed, in Turkish Ruling Party as PM Exits

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, May 9 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have stamped his authority on the ruling AK Party with the exit of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, but the move has pushed dissent underground rather than cementing unity in its ranks. Davutoglu’s announcement that he will not run again for

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