World Bulletin / News Desk
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is convening its much-anticipated ordinary congress on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Ankara Arena sports hall in the Turkish capital.
Thousands of visitors began to flock to the sports hall in the early hours of the day to attend the fourth ordinary congress of the party, which is expected to attract 40,000 people, including hundreds of reporters, delegates and visitors.
The AK Party wants to turn the convention into a major show of solidarity among the party rank and file while trying to lure as many as 80 foreign dignitaries, including Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.,
Yemeni Nobel leace laureate Tawakul Karman and the mother and sister of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who triggered the Arab Spring when he set himself on fire on Dec. 17, 2010, are also expected to attend Sunday's congress as guests of honor.
The congress will be translated into English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Arabic for foreign participants and it will be aired live outside the sports hall on a large television screen for those who cannot get in. Turkish TV channels will also broadcast the congress live for Turkish citizens.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, leader of the AK Party, earlier said he would announce a shake-up of his party at Sunday's meeting. He plans to designate officials to steer the party to local, presidential and general elections in the next three years and outline policy goals leading up to the country's centenary in 2023.
Erdoğan will run for the party leadership for the last time because party guidelines bar members from holding posts for more than three consecutive terms. But Erdoğan is widely expected to run for presidential elections in 2014 when, observers say, he could hand over the party's reins to a trusted confidant and retain some control over both the running of the party and government.
The prime minister has said he favors changing Turkey's political system to a strong presidential one similar to that of the United States, although opposition leaders have balked at the idea of an all-powerful presidency.
The AK Party swept to power in 2002 on the heels of an economic crisis and went on to win elections by commanding margins in 2007 and 2011. It maintained the country's system of secular politics, but undercut the political power of the military, which had staged three coups since the 1960s and forced an Islamist government out of office in 1997.
A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Sao Paulo makes emergency landing in Casablanca.
President Erdogan has said that he plans to visit Iran but will be watching the developments in Yemen
Turkish dailies on Monday focused on the main opposition CHP party's interal primary elections.
The 300-million Turkish lira vessel will serve for at least 30 years.
Presidential system is the right thing for Turkey, says Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu
Armenian experts talking to The Anadolu Agency believe the two historically hostile countries could start a new phase after 2015.
Alimoglu said the NGO would occasionally dispatch doctors from Turkey to Gaza for difficult cases that Gazan doctors could not treat or that required competencies not available in the enclave.
Prosecutors said the Tuvalu-registered 5,095 deadweight tonne ship Kanton was being held in the Ukrainian port of Kherson. They said the crew could go to jail for up to three years and the ship could be seized.
Yalcin Akdogan said the support for the solution process is beyond AK Party’s electoral base.
Saudi King shares information with Turkish President about military operation and airstrikes against Houthis.
-Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci says Turks and Tatars have blood ties, and so need to further each others' interests.
Turkish dailies on Friday mainly focus on the latest developments on Tuesday's deadly plane crash in the French Alps plus the escalating crisis in Yemen
A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline ISIL militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.
The legislation has sparked fierce criticism from opposition parties who say the ruling AK Party is becoming more authoritarian. Members of Turkey's restive Kurdish minority say the law could be used to target them.
The rocket that was fired by Syrian government forces across the Turkish border on March 24 exploded in the Reyhanlı district of the southern province of Hatay.
Turkey's biggest and Europe's third biggest Synagogue unveils 46 years later over restored for Jewish population