Police forces detained a former lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ahmet Tevfik Uzun, early on May 8th in the southern province of Mersin over suspected links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). Teams carried out searches in Uzun’s house and office, during which documents were seized. Uzun represented the province of Mersin in Turkey’s 24th parliament and served as a lawmaker from 2011 until 2015.The Mersin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the former AKP lawmaker as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which has been blamed for the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to hold an extraordinary convention on May 21 to elect President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its chairman in line with constitutional amendments that now permit the head of the nation to retain links with his political party.The decision to stage the extraordinary convention is likely to be taken during a meeting of the AKP’s central-decision making body (MKYK) next week amid plans to hold the convention on May 21. The cabinet is also expected to be reshuffled at the end of next week, according to sources.