Turkish Cypriot leadership suspicious of Ankara’s involvement in upcoming election – Turkey roundup

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There are ‘hints’ Turkey’s involvement in upcoming elections – Turkish Cypriot president

The government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)  has received “hints” of Turkey’s involvement in the breakaway republic’s presidential election in October, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı said on Tuesday.

Akıncı told Euronews Turkish that the TRNC expressed its support for Ankara following Turkey’s 2016 coup attempt and expects Turkey, in return, to respect Turkish Cyprus’ democracy.

“We similarly expect for the decision of our people to be respected. We expect that nobody commits the error of partisanship,’’ Akıncı said. “I say this because there are hints to this effect.’’

Turkey invaded the northern third of the island in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup that sought unification with Greece. Cyprus has been divided since then between a Greek Cypriot south, a European Union member, and the Turkish Cypriot north, only recognised by Ankara.


Turkey’s main opposition sings praises of jailed Kurdish leader

The jailed former co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is innocent and will carry his time in jail ‘’like a medal of honour,’’ Turkey’s main opposition leader said.

“Those who have unjustly been kept behind bars will carry their time in jail on their chests like a medal of honour,’’ Haber7 news site quoted Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as saying in reference to HDP’s Demirtaş and jailed Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala. “They will say that they put for the greatest struggle against injustice by paying a price.’’

Demirtaş has been in prison since November 2016 for his alleged links to terrorism and faces multiple life sentences if found guilty.

Kavala was arrested on Nov. 1, 2017 on charges of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government by funding the 2013 anti-government protests centred around Gezi Park. He was acquittedin February this year, but before he could be released, he was arrested againon charges of aiding and abetting the failed coup plot of July 15, 2016. His third arrest came on March 9, over espionage charges.


Turkey slashes salaries of Syrian mercenaries in Libya – war monitor

Turkey has reduced the monthly salaries of Syrian mercenaries in Libya by more than 50 percent, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. 

The forces are now being paid $ 600 monthly, down from about $2000, it said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a military deal with Libya’s embattled Government of National Accord (GNA) in November, allowing Turkey to deploy troops in the North African country, and since then Turkey has been sending mercenaries, mostly Syrian, to the war-torn country.


Turkey’s top religious official takes on pundits

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate has announced it is taking legal action against journalist Fatih Altaylı for falsely attributing a statement to the organisation’s head, Birgün newspaper reportedon Tuesday.

Ali Erbaş did not say, “Foreign currency is like foreign religions – stay away,’’ as Altaylı claimed in an article for Habertürk on Sept. 8, the directorate said, noting that it would be taking legal action over the misquote.

Erbaş on Tuesday condemned another journalist and academic over his negative remarks on Turkey’s religious İmam Hatip schools.

“İmam Hatip graduates emerge before us today as sexual deviants, thieves and crooks,’’ Erol Mütercimler said during a TV programme this week.

Remarks made by Mütercimler, which insulted the schools and its graduates, are  “unacceptable,’’ Erbaş said.

Turkey’s TV watchdog, the Radio and TelevisionSupreme Council (RTÜK), has started an investigation into the channel over the remarks, Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ahval

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