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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
With around three weeks to go to the referendum on shifting Turkey to a presidential system, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials to intensify their campaigning in big cities, particularly Istanbul, as polls remain tight.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has ruled out any possibility that his party will press for snap elections in the event that constitutional amendments are not approved in an April 16 referendum.
Nuray Babacan - ANKARA
A group of former Justice and Development Party (AKP) ministers and other senior figures from the ruling party shared their concerns over the upcoming referendum at a April 16 meeting with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, according to sources.
The referendum slated for April 16 will not be canceled, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said, responding to rumors on the cancellation of the referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system of government.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) brought together prominent party figures, past and present, in a bid to mobilize them ahead of the April 16 referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system, though former President Abdullah Gül and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu were not present at the meeting.
Resolving the conflicts between Alevi and Sunni teachings is one of Turkey’s most important responsibilities, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said on the occasion of Nevruz.
Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that “Europe will be shaken” with “the system changes” in the upcoming referendum that will decide whether Turkey’s current parliamentary system should be shifted into an executive presidency, slamming European countries, mainly the Netherlands and Germany, over banning Turkish ministers to meet with Turks living there for referendum campaigns
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said the government-supported constitutional amendment shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system will “demolish democracy,” calling on citizens to “defend democracy by saying ‘no’ in the referendum.”
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The new Çanakkale 1915 Bridge in northwestern Turkey will usher in a new era for the martyrs who vanquished their enemies in Çanakkale (Dardanelles) 102 years ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 18
Rifat BAŞARAN - ANKARA
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called on the government to reveal the political wing of the July 2016 coup attempt, accusing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of reluctance in revealing names of party members who used an application allegedly used by the coup plotters
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the government’s diplomatic tone for “causing distress among the Turkish community in Europe.”