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Election bans to be enacted today

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The official “propaganda period,” which regulates campaign conduct, will start today and will last for 10 days. Political parties and candidates must observe the election prohibitions, including bans on traveling to election meetings and rallies by airplanes and official cars owned by the government.
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Barzani and Talabani walk out on Baykal

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PoliticsSpeaking at a Socialist International meeting in Geneva yesterday, CHP (Republican People’s Party) leader Deniz Baykal said that Northern Iraq had become a base for terrorist attacks on Turkey, prompting protest from Iraqi leaders.
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Fred Thompson for President and Blogger-in-Chief

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WASHINGTON – Actor, former Tennessee senator and an anticipated candidate for the 2008 US Presidential elections, Fred Thompson vies for blogger-in-chief. This Republican has a keen interest on the blogosphere as a consistent contributor to conventional Web sites as he gets set for next year’s presidential race.
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700 independent candidates to run in elections

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The Supreme Election Board (YSK) has announced that around 700 independent candidates are to compete in the July 22 elections.
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Turkish Nationalist Party MHP decides to change EU policy

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The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which two years ago organized a rally in Ankara to declare that Brussels would never be Turkey’s capital, has sharply changed its stance regarding the EU in the run-up to the parliamentary elections.
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Former President Demirel, Baykal hold surprise meeting

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PoliticsThe leader of the traditional left's Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal pays a surprise visit to former president Süleyman Demirel at his house on Güniz Street in Ankara.
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Center-right marriage ends in smoke

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Two parties, the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) and the True Path Party (DYP), which set out to merge under the Democrat Party (DP) umbrella, gave up their plans for union days before the merger was set to be made official.
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Blacklist disagreement in the ‘holy alliance'

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Following the merger of the True Path Party (DYP) and the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) under the Democrat Party (DP) umbrella, come to be known as the "holy alliance," serious incompatibility has reared its ugly head in the first big marriage on the right.
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Baykal expects Sezer to veto election reform

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Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal on Friday criticized a government proposal to amend the Constitution to allow the people to elect the president and expressed his opinion that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer would surely veto the proposal.
Baykal was speaking for a Friday program on CNN Türk.
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5 political parties receive Treasury funds

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The Ministry of Finance has transferred a total of YTL 216 million from the Treasury to the accounts of five political parties.
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