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CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu condemns democratic initiative

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The leader of the main opposition has criticized the ruling party’s democratic initiative policy, saying politics should not be about religious affairs and ethnic identity.

Turkish opposition party’s Sav emerges as putative ‘kingmaker’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The man widely seen as privy to the main opposition party’s inner workings has said he had no warning of its former leader’s plans to resign.

28 May 2010: ESI in Harvard: Public debate on the recent indictments of top military leaders in Turkey

from European Stability Initiative – News
Dani Rodrik and Gerald Knaus The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy hosted Dani Rodrik, Rafiq …

?Forces working to dent support for AK Party ahead of 2011 elections?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
Özer Sencar, the owner of the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, says there are forces inside and outside Turkey that are trying to destabilize the country so that support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will diminish.

ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN – The deception of neo-nationalists

The first part of the operation in the Republican People?s Party (CHP) ended successfully. First Deniz Baykal was thrown out because a videotape was released that most likely contained images that were taken from different places at different times, and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was made chairman under the auspices of Secretary-General Önder Sav.

?Turkey?s military problem? (3)

from Bosphorus Diary by Yavuz Baydar

One of the most striking episodes in Hasan Cemal?s new book, with the same title as my column, is about how the military command, disappointed and infuriated by what it saw as ?remnant fundamentalist elements? coming back to power with a constitutional majority in Parliament, used the Cyprus referendum process to weaken it and derail Turkey from the path of European Union membership.
In minute detail, Cemal chronicles a day-by-day account of a tug-of-war between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdullah Gül on one side and Rauf Denktaş and the generals in Ankara on the other.
Without a careful reading of that chapter of recent Turkish history, one is not able to understand the essence of civilian-military relations here, nor is it possible for EU politicians to realize how unfairly they have treated Turkish Cypriots all along. I will leave it at that.

How Turkey Tamed Its Army
Foreign Policy
The spirit of Turkey’s new reformist trend is best exemplified by a landmark trial and investigation into Ergenekon, an agglomeration of many different

MÜMTAZER TÜRKÖNE – CHP and the military 50 years later

Turkey suffered a major accident 50 years ago, on May 27. Thirty-eight low-ranking military officers overthrew the democratically elected government, dissolving Parliament.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Kılıçdaroğlu under close scrutiny

Ever since Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s election to the Republican People?s Party (CHP) leadership, he has been under scrutiny by the media, which question whether the new leader will be able to transform the old CHP into a new and pro-democratic CHP.

KERİM BALCI – The Gandhification of a dandy

Saul was chosen as the king of the Israelites, the text of the Bible implies, because he was taller than anybody among his people. He was said to be a goodly young man, but his goodliness seems to be a reference to the fact that ?from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.?

ANDREW FINKEL – CHP in the headlines

?What the headlines giveth, the headlines will take away,? is my best shot at translating the Turkish prime minister?s disparaging description of the meteoric rise of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, his new adversary and recently elected leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP).

MUHAMMED ÇETİN – CHP: Institutionalization vs. personality politics

The election of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as party leader, along with a wholesale change of the leadership team in the Republican People?s Party (CHP), has implications for the party system, institutionalization, linkages between voters and candidates and, in short, democratization in Turkey.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – ?Recep Bey? controversy

A polemic has begun over the way newly elected Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has referred to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, first at the party?s general congress over the weekend and in his later statements.

As an example of what has and hasn?t changed in CHP by NACİ BOSTANCI

Story of a ?CIA agent?The Republican People?s Party (CHP) national congress is over, with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu elected as the new party leader. Every party congress is held in a festive atmosphere.

Kılıçdaroğlu?s Kurdish and Alevi identity

by BEJAN MATUR – ZAMAN
What allows newly elected Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to be perceived as a new political figure are his Kurdish and Alevi roots. No politician has emerged so far who has a background representing victimized and oppressed circles.

Work and food

by GÜLAY GÖKTÜRK – BUGÜN
Kılıçdaroğlu says he will provide food and work for people if he comes to power. What an original program this is.

A temporary party leader

by HIDAYET ŞEFKATLI TUKSAL-  STAR
Looking at the current situation, it is impossible to explain the CHP?s ambitions to bolster its popularity through Kılıçdaroğlu?s leadership traits or his political achievements.

Two studies to lead Kılıçdaroğlu

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s emphasis on ?poverty? and ?unemployment? in his convention speech was enough to conquer hearts.

The CHP & Kılıçdaroğlu

by ERGUN BABAHAN – STAR
It is not sufficient for newly elected Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to refer to Kurds as ?Kurds.?

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Low caliber, high power: AK Party should be wary of this picture

After skyrocketing to the leadership of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) out of the shocking chaos ensuing from the Deniz Baykal sex tape scandal, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu convened the Party Council of the CHP for the first time on Saturday and set up the party?s Central Executive Board (MYK).

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Records of shame from May 27

Yesterday was the anniversary of the first military coup that Turkish democracy saw. After 27 years of single-party regime at the hands of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Turkey had introduced the multi-party regime on May 14, 1950, as a consequence of international pressure.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – May 27: A day of mourning for Turkish democracy

The 50th anniversary of the May 27, 1960 coup, the first in a series of military interventions in Turkish political history, was marked yesterday, with many taking to the streets and holding protests against all anti-democratic interventions in the country.

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