Turkish court orders investigation over spat in AK Party

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and the mayor of Ankara were placed under judicial investigation on Tuesday, officials said, over a public row including accusations of corruption that exposed fractures in the ruling AK Party.

The row burst into the open late on Monday when Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek upbraided Arinc over unusually direct criticism of President Tayyip Erdogan – a man not known for his tolerance of dissent. Arinc responded by accusing Gokcek of corruption.

Reuters

Fitch cautions Turkey against trying too hard for economic growth

Turkey’s next government could focus too much on spurring economic growth after a June general election, credit-rating agency Fitch said on Tuesday, after months of tension between President Tayyip Erdogan and the central bank.

Erdogan has repeatedly urged official interest rates cuts to boost growth in the run-up to ahead of the election, unnerving financial markets and helping send the lira to record lows.

Reuters

Turkey’s AK party faces crisis amid internal sniping and government probe

The intra-party debate erupted over the weekend, when the government spokesman and deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, criticised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for interfering in the peace process between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) and the Turkish government, and making “emotional” statements about the ongoing efforts to bring an end to the insurgency.

Guardian

Families of missing schoolgirls travel to Turkey

The families of three British teenagers who are believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have travelled to Turkey in a bid to trace the girls.

ITV News joined relatives of Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, as they travelled to the country to follow the girls’ last known movements before they are thought to have crossed the border into Syria.

ITV

Turkey Announces Military Operation Against Kurdish Targets

General Staff announced today in his website the start of a big operation in the southeast of the country against targets of the banned Kurdistan Workers” Party (PKK). The statement has triggered a widespread debate in national public opinion, according to the digital edition of the Hurriyet Daily News. The decision is incomprehensible, especially now just after PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan called for a congress to seek a new disarmament strategy and lay the foundations to live as “brothers in democracy” in Turkey.

Prensa Latina