Binali Yildirim

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) listen on during his last election rally before a re-run ballot in Istanbul on June 22, 2019. - Voters in Istanbul will take part in a re-run of the mayoral election on June 23, after a vote in March was annulled over alleged irregularities. Local elections around Turkey on March 31 showed the ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained the most popular overall, but it suffered a shock defeat in Istanbul, as well as losing the capital Ankara. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)

Ekrem Imamoglu: Turkey’s rising political star

A softly-spoken football fan and former district mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu seems to have come from nowhere to become a figurehead of the long-suffering Turkish opposition. Although forced to rerun his Istanbul mayoral
5 years ago
People go about with their daily life next to a billboard reading "Thank You Istanbul" and portraying AKP ruling party mayor candidate Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul, on April 2, 2019. - After a frenetic campaign with multiple daily rallies across Turkey, President's AKP lost the major cities including Istanbul in Sunday's local elections, leaving the ruling party damaged but not beyond repair, analysts said. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

Erdogan’s ruling AKP ready to accept election recount results

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP will accept the results of local election recounts in Ankara and Istanbul no matter which party is declared the winner, a party spokesman said on
5 years ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara where he announced the upcoming electoral timetable on April 18, 2018. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half to sharply accelerate the transition to a new presidential system. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Ruling party picks ex-PM as Istanbul mayor candidate

Turkey's last prime minister was on Saturday chosen as the ruling party's mayoral candidate for Istanbul in a bid to ensure the country's biggest city remains in its hands after 2019 elections.
6 years ago
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey prime minister hails US visa move as ‘positive step’

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday hailed the resumption of limited visa services by the US as a "positive step" as he prepared to head to Washington.
7 years ago
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to media after visiting the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (TURK-IS) headquarters in Ankara, on September 22, 2017. ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Turkey warns of ‘security’ steps in response to Iraqi Kurd vote

Binali Yildirim warned on Saturday that Ankara's actions in response to a controversial independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region would have "economic and security dimensions".
7 years ago
Birol Erdem, a former senior justice ministry official, was released under judicial supervision which means he should still face trial, a date for which has yet to be set.

Turkey frees PM advisor detained over Gulen links

Birol Erdem, a former senior justice ministry official, was released under judicial supervision which means he should still face trial, a date for which has yet to be set.
7 years ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan (R) and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) greets members of his party during the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AK Party (AKP) in Ankara, on May 21, 2017. ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Erdogan to return as ruling party boss after referendum win

The special congress of the the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara was to choose Erdogan -- the only candidate -- to replace Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as party chairman.
7 years ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) throws flowers to supporters as he arrives on stage, on March 5, 2017, in Istanbul during a pro-government women meeting. Some 12,000 women filled on March 5 an Istanbul arena in support of a "Yes" vote in an April referendum whether to boost Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Erdogan likens Germany’s blocking rallies to Nazis

The attack came a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to try to defuse the row, which has put a major new strain on already bruised
7 years ago
Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Binali Yildirim (C) waves after giving his speech during an AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on February 28, 2017. ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Turkey PM to speak to Merkel amid rally ban row

The Turkish public will decide whether to approve constitutional changes that will expand the role of the head of state and remove the office of the premier.
7 years ago
Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party, Binali Yildirim greets supporters on February 25, 2017 in Ankara, as he arrives for a campaign meeting to promote support for an April referendum on whether to boost the Turkish president's powers. On April 16, 2017, the Turkish public will vote on whether to change the current parliamentary system into an executive presidency. / AFP PHOTO / Adem ALTAN

Boosting Erdogan powers will ‘stabilise’ Turkey

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to say "yes" to boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would strengthen Turkey at the ruling party's first pro-referendum rally.
7 years ago
US Vice President Mike Pence. AFP PHOTO

Pence tells Turkey PM wants ‘new start’ in ties

US Vice President Mike Pence has told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that the new administration wanted a "new start" in relations between the two NATO member states, local media reported Sunday.
7 years ago
Participants wave Turkish flags while waiting for the Turkish Prime MInister for a campaigning event in Oberhausen, western Germany, on February 18, 2017. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to an expected crowd of some 10,000 people of Turkish origin in Germany to promote support for an April 16, 2017 constitutional referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. Sascha Schuermann / AFP

Turkey’s PM holds pro-Erdogan rally in Germany

Turkey's prime minister drew criticism Saturday for holding a rally in Germany urging Turks there to support a referendum that would expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
7 years ago
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