Turkish opposition plans half a million election vote monitors

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA, June 21 : Turkey’s main opposition parties and NGOs said they plan to deploy more than half a million monitors and volunteers at ballot boxes across the country to prevent fraud in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition, which hopes to end President Tayyip Erdogan’s nearly 16-year hold on power, […]

Erdogan’s election rivals struggle to be heard in Turkey’s media

By Ece Toksabay and Ali Kucukgocmen ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 20 : Turkey’s main state-run TV station devoted 67 hours of airtime to President Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party last month in the run-up to elections, according to two opposition members of television watchdog RTUK. His main presidential rival, Muharrem Ince, had less than seven. “They […]

Young Turk voters show deep divisions of Erdogan era

By Umit Bektas ANKARA, June 20 : Eighteen-year-old student Sena Su Baysal, a first-time voter in Turkey’s election on Sunday, can’t remember life before President Tayyip Erdogan took power but she wishes she had grown up in those earlier times. “Turkey used to be a more modern and secular country,” she says at home in […]

Erdogan loyalist Yildirim: happy to become Turkey’s last prime minister

By Orhan Coskun ANKARA, June 19 : Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has spent the last few weeks talking himself out of a job. Presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday will trigger the switch to a powerful executive presidency and the abolition of the post of prime minister, unseating Yildirim two years after his promotion […]

Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections

By Daren Butler SILVAN, Turkey, June 18 : The outcome of Turkey’s elections on Sunday could depend on a jailed presidential candidate’s sway over voters more than 1,200 km (750 miles) away in the country’s largely Kurdish southeast. In prison since 2016 and now on trial on terrorism-related charges, Selahattin Demirtas is the driving force […]