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 […]

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish candidate holds election rally from behind bars

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA, June 6 : As his family and friends huddled around a speaker, the jailed presidential candidate of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition called home from his prison cell on Wednesday for his first election “rally” ahead of June 24 elections. “For 20 months, I have been held here under an illegal, unjust and […]

Syrian refugees in spotlight in Turkey’s election in June

By Dominic Evans and Yesim Dikmen BURSA, Turkey, June 4 : Millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey have no vote in elections on June 24, but if a young Syrian-born businessman running for parliament wins a seat, they will at least have a voice. Muhammed al-Sheikhouni moved to Turkey from the Syrian city of Hama […]

Turkish inflation climbs in May, fuels rate hike expectations

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Jun 4 : Turkey’s consumer prices jumped a higher-than-forecast 1.62 percent in May, official data showed on Monday, boosting expectations that the central bank will hike interest rates again at a policy meeting on Thursday. At an emergency meeting on May 23, the central bank (CBRT) raised rates by 3 percentage […]