World Bulletin / News Desk
A proposal submitted by the Republican People's Party (CHP) to allow potential draftees to pay a specified amount of money in lieu of performing compulsory military service as a one-time only opportunity has created conflict between CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with the latter accusing the former of playing with young people's hopes.
The CHP is promising to reduce the duration of compulsory military service from the current 18 months to six months. Kılıçdaroğlu has also said the CHP will seek to pass legislation that would allow men attending university to serve in the military during the summers and in segments so that they can get this legal responsibility out of the way by the time they graduate.
Erdoğan said Kılıçdaroğlu's promises were "unrealistic" and even "farcical". “He now says they will have men serving in the military during the summer months. For military service to be serious it can't just be performed during the summer vacation. I am worried that perhaps Kılıçdaroğlu didn't do his military service,” he said, speaking at his party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.
Also speaking at the parliamentary group meeting of his party on Tuesday, Kılıçdaroğlu remarked that just as Erdoğan's son once availed himself of the option of payment and an abbreviated period of service in lieu of full term of compulsory military service, the sons of this nation should also be able to do the same. “It was nice when your son was able to pay to serve a reduced military term under the guardianship of the governor [of the province in which he performed his military service]. Why are you disturbed at the possibility of this nation's sons serving their military service in the same way?” he asked.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was the first political party to attempt to offer a one-time exemption scheme in return for payment for men who had not yet completed their military service, but it had to back down in the face of staunch opposition from Turkey's powerful military.
The European Union is in discussions to grant €70 million to Turkey to help it cope with the massive influx of Syrian refugees on its territory
Pope Francis has said he wanted to overcome the obstacles between the Catholic and Orthodox churches during his upcoming Turkey visit in November
Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul, officials sai
Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Tanju Bilgic says Greek foreign minister's "logic" is wrong and undermining the Cyprus peace talks.
Although warfare is forbidden during the Islamic New Year, the major conflicts raging across Turkey's neighborhood.
The authorities said six guns (two pistols, two rifles and two guns for firing blanks) were seized in morning operations on several addresses.
General Staff says that details of how Kurdish peshmerga forces would cross through the country to Syria have not been released.
Numan Kurtulmus says Islamic world still suffering from 'unequal' postwar system
"We have had no cases of Ebola in our country," the Director General of Turkey’s Health for Border and Coastal Areas says.
Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) set fire to two vehicles and a cabin at the plant in Kagizman district, and shot at soldiers who returned fire
22-year-old man dies after being hit by falling construction materials
Muslims in Istanbul to perform a funeral prayer in absentia following Friday prayer in Fatih Mosque for Ghulam Azam
Analysts examine new laws aimed at bringing undocumented workers out from the shadowy world of black-market labor.
Newspapers in Turkey have covered President Erdogan’s reaction to the US military’s help to Kurdish fighters in Kobani.
"Strong and balanced public finance affirmatively differentiates Turkey from other countries," the minister said
The Malaysia Airports Holding used its pre-emptive rights to buy an additional 40 percent stake in Turkey's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, it was announced.