No wonder, the No front is so frustrated. Their kingdom is dead. Democracy is not something taken for granted. And referendum results will not automatically bring more freedom but that’s step towards that direction. Now all of us, citizens, should work now. Kemalism, a modernizing foundational ideology, that has long lost its essence and became a regressive and oppressive ideology is not kaput. Its major guardians, the Army and higher judiciary are at their weakest point.

Apart from the most of Alevis, who symbolize the one who fell in love with its rapist- Remember the bloody Dersim massacre-, and direct beneficaries of the old regime (older bureacracy, army-related citizens, older richer families whose wealth is indebted to Kemalist state formation, loyal civil servants and their offsprings), all oppressed sections of society are happy today. I hope AKP will seize this bright day and opportunity and incorporate the voices of the subalterns into its party line… We will all see together.

MAM | Not Enough but YES…Yes but not Enough

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


HIGHEST “YES” VOTING CITIES:

Bingöl: % 95
Siirt: %95
Diyarbakır: % 94
Mardin: % 94
Hakkari: %93

HIGHEST “NO” VOTING CITIES:

Tunceli: %81
Kırklareli: %74
Edirne %73
Tekirdağ: %64
İzmir: %63

MAIN FOCUS: Turks opt for constitutional reform | 13/09/2010

from euro|topics

Fifty-eight percent of those who cast their ballots in Sunday’s referendum in Turkey voted in favour of extensive constitutional reform. The press sees the vote as consolidating democracy in Turkey, but senses potential danger for the country’s secularism and separation of powers.

The World From Berlin: ‘Turkey Now Needs to Forge a New Political Culture’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Analysis: Referendum reveals three faces of Turkey
Reuters
incorporation of formerly excluded people into power structures,” said Soli Ozel, a professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Bilgi University.

The coalition?s inept EU referendum lock | The Spectator

Turkish referendum an idyll, Armenian journalist says | Armenia News – NEWS.am

Turkeys former President Kenan Evren gestures ...

Turkey’s former President Kenan Evren casts his vote during a referendum in Ankara September 12, 2010. Kenan Evren leaded the 12 September 1980 military coup as Chief of Staff and and was elected as the President of Turkey on November 7, 1982 with the approval of the new constitution. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the changes to a charter drafted in the 1980s after a military coup exactly 30 years ago are needed to strengthen democracy and bring Turkey closer to European norms. Turks voted on Sunday on whether to amend the constitution in a referendum seen as a tussle between a government led by conservative Muslims and secular opponents for influence over the EU candidate country’s future.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Press Review after Referendum

from Bianet :: English
One day after the referendum, the headlines of Turkish newspapers were dominated by the outcome of the votes on the constitutional reform package. The referendum package was approved by a majority of 58 percent with a turnout of 77 percent.

Turkish vote sparks bids to try 1980 coup leaders | Reuters

EU welcomes result of Turkish referendum

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The European Commission welcomed the approval of constitutional changes by Turkish voters in a referendum Sunday, calling them a step in the right direction.

The Associated Press: Turkey: nation on a dual course

Referendum victory for Turkish PM

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkish voters give strong backing to controversial constitutional changes in a referendum.

Turkey Referendum Triumph Paves Way For Third AKP Term, New Constitution
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Referring to Ergenekon, an alleged army coup plot against the AKP, he said that there was “no mafia left in the country anymore.

The lesson the naysayers should take

by ERGUN BABAHAN
When you get away from politics, you are treated like a herd; when you give importance to politics, you become an individual. Politicians have to please you, while members of the military have no such concern. Being mainly the Republican People?s Party (CHP), the naysayers and the boycotters of the referendum should see this fact.

Turkish vote gets Western backing

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The US and EU welcome the result of the Turkish referendum on constitutional change won by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Referendum Talk

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

I was on Chicago Public Radio’s “Worldview” program talking about the Sept. 12 referendum in Turkey and the constitutional reform package that Turkish voters passed today. You can hear the interview, which also covers a number of other related issues, here.

Reforms to boost Turkey’s EU bid – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

from Turkish Digest

CHP leader apologizes for not voting in Turkish charter poll

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, did not vote in the country?s constitutional referendum Sunday because of a mix-up over where he should cast his ballot. (UPDATED)

Yes Means Yes

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk
The Turkish referendum poll gave a strong go-ahead to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government with its reforms on Sunday, as a constitutional amendment package garnered higher than expected 58 percent of the national vote.

Media: Support for Turkey constitutional changes | Top AP Stories | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

Two scores that matter in Turkey | Al Jazeera Blogs

Lawsuit against coup-leaders in wake of Turkey’s referendum – Monsters and Critics

After Turkey?s referendum: how serious are the AKP?s opponents?

from istanbul notes by istanbulnotes

Another visit to the polls, another comfortable victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP). It won?t have escaped anyone paying even casual attention to Turkish politics that a pattern has emerged over the past eight years. The AKP wins. It is adept at the business of accumulating votes and it consistently punches above its weight. This raises a number of questions about the opposition. In particular, why haven?t policies and tactics developed to meet the AKP challenge more effectively? That?s a question I?ll return to in a subsequent post. But to use a cruder metric for the moment, why hasn?t fundraising and political spending risen on the back of the visceral antipathy that is so clearly felt towards the AKP by many people in Turkey?

A heavy defeat

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
?Yes? votes outnumbered ?no? votes approximately six times. This is something ?no? voters should ponder seriously.

THE EU URGED TURKEY TO IMPLEMENT REFORMS, DRAFT NEW CONSTITUTION

Morning Brief: In victory for Erdogan, Turks approve changes to military constitution

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

In victory for Erdogan, Turks approve changes to military constitution

Top news: In a nationwide referendum yesterday, Turks approved 26 amendments to the country’s constitution, which supporters say will reign in the power of the military and make the government more accountable, but opponents believe will give Turkey’s Islamic-oriented government too much power over the judiciary.

Turkey referendum boosts Erdogan’s Islam-rooted AKP party

from Yahoo news
Today’s Turkey referendum resulted in a significant boost to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP party as voters approved 26 amendments to the country’s 1982 Constitution.

Turkish Reforms Pass by Wide Margin

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and DAN BILEFSKY
Turkish voters approved a sweeping package of constitutional reforms by a wide margin, handing a major victory to the Islamist-rooted government.

Voting in shadow of Turkish e-state

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Turkey has come a long way toward becoming an e-state with high-tech voting – or so I thought after the last local elections. My experience Sunday raised some doubts.

Snap Analysis: Turkish voters strongly back charter reform | Reuters

BERK ÇEKTİR – Yes or no? A rough guide to the Turkish referendum

Before I start I have to make one thing clear: As of now it is 8 a.m. Sunday morning, people have just started to vote and no one has any clue about the results of the grand referendum yet.I don?t know if expats living in Turkey are really keen on understanding the dynamics of the Turkish political system, but I would like to provide you with a rough guide. This will simplify things for everyone.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – After a ?yes? win, political storm will gather, slowly

As the newspaper goes to print, the data flowing in from various corners of Turkey was vaguely projecting a win in the referendum, tipping a victory on the ?yes? vote for the reform package.

ŞAHİN ALPAY – Is Turkey unable to liberalize without Europe?

Fadi Hakura, who is a specialist on Turkey at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, in a recent article questioned the long and widely held view that without Europe ?Turkey is unable or unwilling to become a liberal democracy.? (?European antipathy — A rising Turkey without EU??, Global Arab Network, Sept. 1.)

İHSAN DAĞI – Towards a Post-Kemalist republic

People power is rebuilding Turkey politically by getting rid of Kemalist tutelage through referendum. By approving overwhelmingly the constitutional package people have overcome by democratic means the resistance of the Kemalist power elite that did everything to defend their position.

Turkey voters appear to favor constitutional changes – latimes.com

HEADLINES (IN TURKISH) VIA

AKŞAM : HAYIRLI OLSUN EVET % 58
BİRGÜN: MİLLİYETÇİ MUHAFAZAKAR TABLO YİNE DEĞİŞMEDİ
BUGÜN : MİLLETİN DARBESİ.. YÜZDE 58 EVET
CUMHURİYET : SANDIKTAN ‘EVET’ ÇIKTI
EVRENSEL: REFERANDUM BİTTİ TARTIŞMA YENİ BAŞLIYOR
GÜNEŞ : EVET’İ MHP PATLATTI
HABERTÜRK : EVET YÜZDE 57.9
HÜRRİYET : İKİNCİ BALKON KONUŞMASI
MİLLİYET : 6 MİLYON FARKLA EVET
POSTA: TÜRKİYE DEĞİŞECEK
RADİKAL : ‘EVET’ AMA YETMEZ!
SABAH : TÜRKİYE DARBE AYIBINI TEMİZLEDİ
SÖZCÜ: PADİŞAHIM ÇOK YAŞA
STAR : HALK YÖNETİME EL KOYDU
TAKVİM: İŞTE SON SÖZ
TARAF : HALK YÖNETİME EL KOYDU
TÜRKİYE : HAYIRLI OLSUN
VAKİT : MİLLET SAHTE ANKETLERİ EZDİ GEÇTİ

VATAN : 7. KEZ KAZANDI
ZAMAN : DEMOKRASİNİN ZAFERİ
YENİ ŞAFAK : MİLLET KAZANDI, HAYIRLI OLSUN


Turkish referendum is a step in the right direction

from ALDE News

Reacting to Turkey’s referendum result yesterday in support of constitutional reforms, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (FDP, Germany), spokesperson for the ALDE group on EU-Turkey accession negotiations in the foreign affairs committee said:

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