World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested the merging of the Voice of the People Party (HAS Party) with his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), HAS Party leader Numan Kurtulmuş said on Thursday.
Erdoğan and Kurtulmuş met at Erdoğan's office on Thursday amidst claims that Kurtulmuş was planning to join the AK Party. “We received an invitation from Mr. Prime Minister for a merger,” Kurtulmuş said while speaking to reporters after the meeting. He added that his party will discuss Erdoğan's offer.
Kurtulmuş founded the HAS Party in late 2010 after resigning from the Felicity Party (SP) following a long-standing, intra-party rift. Erdoğan's AK Party appeals to the same constituent base as the HAS Party as it also emerged from the predecessor of the SP, the Virtue Party (FP).
Turkish PM Erdogan called the upcoming local elections the most significant in Turkey's history and accused opposition parties and the Gulen movement of encouraging violence on streets.
Top diplomats of the three countries will exchange views on enhancing regional cooperation on the issues of common interest to all three countries.
Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16
Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly cover the death of Gezi protests victim after 269 days in coma, the release of the detained suspects in Ergenekon case and the killings in courthouses.
Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.
More detainees in "Ergenekon" coup trial have been released as the maximum detention period is reduced.
Turkey and Niger signed agreements for cooperation in energy, infrastructure, health
Elvan was the sixth person to die in violence during nationwide protests in late May and June over Erdogan's plans to rebuild an Istanbul park
Israel's Netanyahu said he is hopeful for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Turkey.
Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said “The biggest insult and the biggest disrespect that can be done to a society is accusing them of committing genocide, though it is not real.”
Muhammad Salih claims that followers of Fethullah Gulen are pushing to deport him from Turkey in return for a lift of restrictions on their activities in Uzbekistan.
Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the releases of detainees connected with Ergenekon case – an alleged coup plot – plus a Turkish Super League football match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce which was abandonded after fans threw flares and objects on to the pitch before clashing with police.
A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case.
Two people, one man and one woman, have been shot in an attack at a courthouse in Istanbul's Caglayan district.
Bulgaria plans a gas pipeline connection to Turkey in order to diversify its natural gas resources.