Baku, Azerbaijan, April 5 By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend: A recent statement by Binali Yildirim, ex-speaker of the Turkish parliament currently running for mayor of Istanbul, that "the municipal elections are not a matter of survival," has not held up in light of the current realities. This is evidenced by the decision of the ruling party to appeal the results of the recent municipal elections in Turkey – something which clearly indicates that the municipal elections are, indeed, a matter of survival. The municipal elections held on March 31 of this year can be considered to be one of the more significant events in modern Turkish history. As it is known, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) landed a victory in the Turkish municipal elections overall, gaining 44.33 percent of the votes. However, according to preliminary data, the AKP lost to the Republican People's Party (CHP) in Istanbul and Ankara. Despite this, after the appeal of the election results in Istanbul, the Turkish … [Read more...] about Could Istanbul elections results affect internal situation in Turkey?
Turkey run state park
Atop a hill on Istanbul's Asian side, six minarets silhouette the skyline. Under the shadow of these tall spires, lies Turkey's biggest mosque capable of hosting 60,000 faithful at the same time. Çamlıca Mosque, named after the hill it is located on in Üsküdar district, is set to open in "15 to 20 days" according to the association that funded its construction. An official opening ceremony is expected to be held later with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has heaped praise on the mosque. The foundation for the mosque was laid in August 2013, as Muslims sought to add a new, spectacular example to the mosques around the city while at the same time address the needs of the community in the immediate vicinity of the site. Designed as a successor rather than a rival to grand Ottoman-era mosques like the famed Blue Mosque, Çamlıca incorporates the old and new in its architecture with traces of decoration and building styles from the … [Read more...] about Turkey’s biggest mosque complex counts down to opening
It seems to be a “terra incognita” for most travellers in the world. Republic of Moldova is never put in the top of the dream travel destinations bucket list. Very often, it is overlooked or ignored by tourists. Basically, it’s called the least popular European destination. But, is the situation really a hard row to hoe and Moldova doesn’t possess any touristic charm? Or maybe we are talking about a not well-known country that hasn’t developed yet its entire potential? We could figure it out by checking out the travel posts of some popular bloggers that managed to visit Moldova. First, any travel itinerary that includes Moldova mentions several important stops: Chișinău – the capital of the country, Orheiul Vechi – the most popular destination of Moldova where every tourist is driven to, and the famous wineries – the treasure of the country each and every citizen is proud of. Certainly, every traveller that was in Moldova has … [Read more...] about From now on, Moldovan citizens can travel to Turkey with identity cards
By Trend Azerbaijan continues to expand its economic influence in Turkey: new petrochemical complex, petrol station network and other projects. Investments of the Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR in Turkey will reach $19.5 billion in the future, Director General of SOCAR Turkey Zaur Gahramanov told Trend. He noted that from 2008 to the present day, SOCAR’s investments in Turkey amounted to $ 14.2 billion. “SOCAR’s investments in Turkey will allow expanding economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey and significantly reducing Turkey’s dependence on imports of petrochemical products,” said Gahramanov. He also noted that SOCAR will play a crucial role in making Turkey an important player in the global energy market. The director general noted that Azerbaijan, being a country whose geographic and geopolitical power is growing every day, is aimed at further strengthening its power in the international arena with the help of … [Read more...] about Azerbaijan expanding economic presence in Turkey
KABUL – Anadolu Agency Turkey’s state-run aid agency has opened a recreational park in northern Afghanistan. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a playground for children and the park at a women-only garden in Mazar-i-Sharif city of Balkh province. Speaking at the opening ceremony on Jan. 21, Deputy Governor of Balkh Province Mohammad Bashir Tawhidi thanked Turkey and TİKA for the projects launched for the women in the region. Şevki Seçkin Alpay, Turkey’s consul general in Mazar-i-Sharif, said he believed the park will enable the increased participation of women in social and economic life. Alpay emphasized that TİKA has been implementing projects that will contribute to the improvement of Afghan women and young girls in many fields - including mother and child health, vocational training for women, nursing and midwifery school, and education. tika, Afghanistan, entertainment, park … [Read more...] about Turkish agency opens recreational park in Afghanistan