Erdogan says Turkey will hold Kanal Istanbul tender next year

Earlier this year, Erdogan had said his government would not consider news investments, casting doubt on the $16 billion plan. (File/Reuters)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Erdogan says Turkey will hold Kanal Istanbul tender next year

  • “The Kanal Istanbul has been delayed too much. We will hold a tender for it in 2019 and start the process”
  • The statement comes despite a government freeze on new investments as it reins in spending

ANKARA: Turkey will hold a tender for the construction of a 45-km shipping canal running parallel to the Bosphorus, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, despite a government freeze on new investments as it reins in spending.
“The Kanal Istanbul has been delayed too much. We will hold a tender for it in 2019 and start the process,” Erdogan told a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara.
Earlier this year, Erdogan had said his government would not consider news investments, casting doubt on the $16 billion plan.


Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

Updated 17 February 2019
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Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

  • Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya

BENGHAZI: Libyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi, with the varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country’s east and west.
Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya, where bands played national songs and flags lined the streets.
But festivities were much more subdued in the country’s east, with only a few people gathering at the central courthouse in Benghazi, a city that has billed itself as the birthplace of Libya’s uprising.
Libya remains largely a chaotic patchwork of territory run by militias and gangs, with rival administrations in Tripoli and the east.