August 5, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey--Turkey's former military chief was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, convicted along with many others of trying to overthrow the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug was the highest profile person among the 275 defendants, which included other military officers, politicians, academics and journalists, Turkish media reported. The trial, which has gone on for five years, was seen as a battleground case in the conflict between Erdogan's Islamist political party and Turkey's secularist establishment.
April 25, 2007 |
The ruling party on Tuesday chose Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as its presidential candidate, heading off a potential political confrontation that had starkly illustrated the split between religious and secular Turks. Turkey's more Islamist-minded prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also had weighed a run for the post, drawing sharp protests from the country's establishment, including the army and the outgoing president.
June 12, 2011 |
Millions of Turkish voters headed to the polls Sunday for critical parliamentary elections that will likely shape the country's constitution, its conflict with a restive Kurdish ethnic minority and its definition of citizenship. But judging from the gigantic billboards looming from highways and buildings throughout the country, the elections are really about whether Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be crowned Turkey's leader for the next 12 years. "Ready 2023," the billboards say, referring to the year marking the 100th anniversary of the Turkish republic as well as, coincidentally, how long the ambitious and presumptuous Erdogan may stay in power, if he succeeds in changing Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system.
April 4, 2009 |
"They say we are at war with Islam. This is the whispered line of the extremist who has nothing to offer in this battle of ideas but blame. ... We are not at war with Islam. But too often since 9/11, the extremists have defined us. ... When I am president, that will change." -- Barack Obama, August 2007 -- When President Obama addresses the Turkish parliament on Monday, he will have the chance to fulfill a campaign promise.
June 13, 2011 |
No pressing matter of state like the economy or foreign policy compelled Alayrettin Ayyaldiz to head to a polling station in his modest Istanbul neighborhood Sunday and cast his ballot for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party. It was a vote of faith and emotion. "We're totally connected with our hearts to the AKP," said the 38-year-old vegetable and fruit vendor, referring to the party's acronym. "It's not about what they do. It's because we love them.
September 17, 2010 |
A political party espousing a commitment to what it calls "Islamic moral values" has brought Turkey closer to a full-fledged democracy than it has ever been. On Sunday, 30 years after a military coup overturned the democratically elected government of Suleyman Demirel, Turks voted overwhelmingly for constitutional changes pushed through by the moderate Islamists of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (known by its Turkish initials AKP). The reforms strengthen the rights of women, children and the handicapped, provide greater freedoms for Turkey's Christian and Kurdish minorities (both of whom have been repeatedly persecuted and marginalized by previous governments)