Erdogan’s battles: Turkey’s leader digs in against domestic rivals
01 May 2021 | 11:39 am
Can Turkey's president roll with the punches? Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is reacting sharply to Washington's recognition of the Armenian genocide but is keeping the channels open with US President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Erdogan is also dealing with a growing Covid-19 crisis, a slipping currency and the trial of Kurdish opposition politicians.
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A court has sentenced Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha to 27 years in detention for treason. Critics say the trial was designed to keep him out of an upcoming election.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been facing growing criticism over his response to his country's earthquake disaster. It comes at a time when he's gearing up for a re-election campaign, but now doubts are being cast on whether the vote will take place in May as expected.
Hundreds of schoolgirls have been hospitalized across Iran, and parents took to the streets in Tehran to protest. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the perpetrators should be severely punished.
Several earthquakes shook southern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6. The humanitarian, political and social aftershocks have been devastating in both countries.
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It's been a month since two devastating earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria, killing more than 50,000 people. Many hospitals and clinics in Turkey are full of injured patients, while other facilities are heavily damaged, making it difficult to provide much-needed routine medical treatment to other residents.
The United Nations has recently announced that the costs of damages caused by the earthquake that hit Turkey in early February are estimated to surpass the $100 billion mark.
One month after a powerful quake devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, hundreds of thousands of people still need adequate shelter and sanitation, and an appeal for $1 billion to assist survivors is only 10% funded, hampering efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis, a United Nations official said Monday.
New talks at NATO headquarters have not broken the deadlock. Turkish objections to Sweden's and Finland's bid to join NATO still stand. Meanwhile, officials and experts question Ankara's dedication to the alliance.
Turkey's president has promised his campaign for a new five-year term will attempt to "heal the wounds" of earthquake victims. Six main opposition parties have announced a single rival to Erdogan's "one-man rule."
The deadly earthquake in Turkey's southeast not only claimed thousands of lives, it also dealt a blow to the regional economy. Local businessman push for super incentives to reverse it.
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