Turkeys Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan casts  ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote during a debate at parliament in Ankara April 19, 2010. The parliament in Turkey began debating changes to the constitution on Monday.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Turkey?s newest debate: system change

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday gave the clearest signal that he is considering a switch to a presidential system in Turkey, sparking fresh controversy in the country, which is fed up with debates on the government?s constitutional reform package. Without skipping a beat, writers have embarked on an analysis of Erdoğan?s statements, his plans and the possible pros and cons of a system change in Turkey.

A presidential system in Turkey?

by NAZLI ILICAK – SABAH
Prime Minister Erdoğan mentioned switching to a ?presidential? system. It?s obvious that constitutional debates will resurface after the 2011 elections. The government will make a more radical proposal to change the system.
Turkey's parliament begins debating a series  ...

Turkey’s parliament begins debating a series of hotly disputed amendments to the secular Constitution, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 19, 2010. Turkey’s parliament began debating Monday a series of amendments to the Constitution that are fiercely contested by opposition parties who say the Islamic-oriented government’s proposals are aimed at diluting the powers of secular opponents within the judiciary. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government says the reforms to the Constitution, a legacy of the 1980 military coup would make Turkey more democratic and strengthen its bid to join the European Union.? Read more » (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Constitutional Reform Package Part 1

from Bianet :: English
The Constitutional Reform Package passed through the Constitutional Commission in Parliament. The amendments will not be subject to a public referendum.

Constitutional Reform Package Part 2

from Bianet :: English
The Constitutional Reform Package passed through the Constitutional Commission in Parliament. Read here a summary of the second part of the amendments.

Turkey opens constitution debate

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Parliament in Turkey begins debating changes to the constitution that would shift powers away from the highly secular judiciary and army.

AKP receives votes needed to move reform package ahead

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
After a marathon 18-hour session, the government’s package of constitutional reforms receives 330 votes in the General Assembly, just three more than the minimum needed to proceed with the discussions of individual amendments. As opposition leaders continue to criticize the package, PM Erdoğan expresses his commitment to see the reforms through to the end

Turkish opposition united in criticism of reform package

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
Both the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, and the Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, repeat their opposition to the ruling government’s constitutional reform package, saying it will not help achieve democratization in Turkey

Turkeys main opposition Republican Peoples ...

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal addresses members of parliament during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara April 19, 2010. The Turkish parliament has begun debating changes to the constitution on Monday.? Read more »REUTERS/Umit Bektas

PM Erdoğan and democratic initiative

by MEHMET METINER – STAR
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who met with writers in İstanbul on Saturday to discuss the government?s democratization initiative, which aims to resolve Turkey?s long-standing Kurdish problem, is very concerned about the tragedy of minors who receive long prison sentences for throwing stones at police during illegal demonstrations.

Turkish parliament debates constitutional change

Erdoğan criticizes CHP, MHP for uncompromising stance on reforms

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says they have faced an unprecedented harsh reaction from opposition parties despite their struggle to reach a compromise on the reform package

Recep Tayyip Erdogan pour l?instauration d?un système présidentiel en Turquie

by acturca

Agence France Presse

18 avril 2010

Le Premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan s?est prononcé pour l?instauration d?un système présidentiel en Turquie, en indiquant qu?il pourrait soulever le problème si son parti remporte les élections générales prévues en 2011, a rapporté dimanche l?agence turque Anatolie.

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