Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

News Scan for Turkey, August 1st, 2017

Erdoğan, political parties apply to intervene in key coup attempt case

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and political parties represented at parliament have applied to be intervening parties in the case on events at the Akıncı Air Base on the night of the July 2016 coup attempt.

“The Honorable President of the Republic of Turkey was damaged by the crimes committed and planned against himself, along with the crimes committed against the unity and values of the Turkish nation represented by the Presidential office, within the framework of the July 15 coup attempt, and thus it is necessary to apply to be an intervening party in this case,” read the letter sent from the presidency to the coup board on Aug. 1.

Apart from President Erdoğan, 444 different parties applied to the case to be either plaintiffs or intervening parties, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Leader Hayati Yazıcı stated, announcing the ruling party’s application to the case.

“I hope the suspects, perpetrators and putschists will get the punishments they deserve with the trial,”

Turkey’s Erdoğan and PM hold a 6 hours long meeting before Supreme Military Council meeting

Before the convening of the Supreme Military Council of Turkey on August 2nd, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım met in İstanbul on Tuesday (August 1).

The meeting lasted for 6 hours.

A meeting traditionally defined as ‘very secret’, the annual convention of the Supreme Military Council used to take place at the office building of the Chief of Staff.

With the changes in the structure of the Council following the coup attempt of last summer, the meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s office in Ankara’s Çankaya for the first time last year.

Independent Palestine must be established, Çavuşoğlu tells OIC meeting in Istanbul

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has stressed that a two-state solution is necessary to solve the Palestinian issue, urging all members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to support the efforts for Palestinian statehood.

The OIC held an extraordinary meeting with the participation of the foreign ministers of OIC member states in Istanbul on Tuesday, following weeks of controversy that has overshadowed Israeli actions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque in the wake of a deadly shootout.

Speaking at the OIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu stressed that one of the main responsibilities of OIC member states is to support Muslims and to preserve Islamic heritage in Jerusalem, noting: “It is our mission to support Jerusalem. A possible divergence between us would be beneficial only for the enemies of Islam. We shouldn’t forget that if we show dissent, the enemies of Islam will be content.

“With our actions, let’s support the millions of Palestinians who have been forced to stay under Israel’s occupation or fled abroad” Çavuşoğlu said.

With emphasis on domestic energy, Turkish electricity imports down 51 pct in 2017

Turkey imported less electricity during the first half of 2017 when compared to last year, with imports dropping by 51 to save the country some $43 million.

A recent emphasis on domestic and renewable energy sources has been effective in reducing the bill for electricity imports.

Turkey imported nearly 1.9 billion kilowatts of electricity from Greece, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Georgia between January and June of 2016, costing the country some $89 million.

During the same period in 2017, Turkey imported about 800 million kilowatts of electricity from countries including Greece, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Czechia, dropping i

Turkey’s key coup attempt trial begins

The trial of 486 suspects linked to Akıncı Air Base, which was used as the headquarters of the July 15 coup perpetrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), began on Tuesday. The trial was held in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in a courtroom built exclusively for the coup trials.

Among those on trial are former air commander Akın Öztürk and coup leaders Kemal Batmaz, Kubilay Selçuk and Mehmet Dişli, who confessed that they administered the coup.

The trial is set to continue through Aug. 19.

compiled by Editor BTT

This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.


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