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Turkey in a Week, February 4th, 2019

Canan Kaftancıoğlu, the Republican People’s Party provincial head for İstanbul had resigned after the controversial caucus meeting of the party. However, last week she withdrew her resignation and decided t continue to stay on the post. Kaftancıoğlu is known to be from the left wing of the party and her statements had agitated some of the party circles. The caucus and candidate process in the Republican People’s Party has created some havoc, especially in the face of election alliance with the center right Good Party for the coming local elections.

The Hedef Construction Inc. declared bankruptcy. The prolonging economic recession continues to take its toll on many large companies, especially in the housing and construction sector. The sector had created a boom for at least five years after the world economic recession starting by 2008. A number of companies were being granted large public contracts. Hedef Construction was one of them having the contract for building the controversial Çamlıca Mosque.

The judicial control measures for Actor Metin Akpınar was lifted. Metin Akpınar and Müjdat Gezen, two beloved actor and comedians had been detained for their speeches at a TV show. The two were later released under judicial control.

A huge price hike was announced for the Avrasya Tunnel that is connecting the Asian and European parts of İstanbul. The prices were risen by 38 per cent.

Actress Nazlı Masatçı was sentenced to one year in prison for “propagating terror” for her role in a play that was staged in 2015. The play was Gogol’s The Overcoat.

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