Turkey elections

Rumors swirl in Turkey as former presidential candidate reportedly seeks to form new political party

Muharrem Ince, a former presidential candidate for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), reportedly expressed interest in establishing a breakaway party, fueling rumors analysts say might serve as a trial balloon for future political maneuvers.

Diego Cupolo | Turkey elections | Aug 4, 2020
al-monitor Muharrem Ince, presidential candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party, holds a news conference evaluating the election results on June 25, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey. Photo by Mustafa Kirazli/Getty Images.

Four years on, former AKP insiders reflect on Turkey's failed coup

Former members and supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party discuss the four-year anniversary of the 2016 failed coup and say that the rule of law and democratic principles have been weakened in the country.

Diego Cupolo | Courts and the law | Jul 15, 2020

Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Restoring the parliamentary system makes a nifty slogan for the Turkish opposition, but the panacea for the clogged political establishment is more demanding.

Pinar Tremblay | Turkey elections | Jun 18, 2020

Ankara unfolds Hagia Sophia card against COVID-19 crisis

Erdogan’s government has signaled it could consider turning the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque as part of religious messages aimed at keeping its voter base intact under the strain of economic turmoil, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kadri Gursel | Cultural heritage | May 20, 2020

Could baby-faced rival of Erdogan be 'remedy' for Turkey's problems?

Can Ali Babacan, Turkey's former deputy premier, be a beacon of hope for the center-right?

Cengiz Candar | Turkey elections | Mar 14, 2020