Turkey Posts Double-Digit GDP Growth – WSJ.com

BY JOE PARKINSON

ISTANBUL?Turkey’s economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 10.3% in the second quarter, underlining a rapid recovery that economists say will also get a boost from Turks’ firm support for government-backed constitutional reforms.”

New Turkish judiciary set for changes within 30 days

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The immediate future of the Constitutional Court and a key legal board is topping the judicial agenda following the Sunday adoption of constitutional reforms.

Women expect quotas in light of Turkish constitutional reform

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish women’s NGO’s anticipate recent changes made to the country?s Constitution will encourage gender equality both in politics and in daily life.

Evaluation of the Referendum

from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK

Gamze Coşkun, USAK Middle Eastern and African Studies Desk

Turkish shares rally after referendum victory
Khaleej Times
ISTANBUL ? Turkish shares hit a record high on opening on Monday after the governing party won a referendum on constitutional changes, boosting its chances

Turkish reforms

from FT.com – World, Europe
The concern is that the changes will strengthen Turkey’s powerful executive at the expense of the other organs of state. Now that the army has been weakened, stronger democratic checks are needed

Erdogan’s New Elite

Bloomberg
As Nahit Kiler shows off an apartment on the 40th floor of his 54-story Istanbul Sapphire, the selling points include a sweeping view of the hills,

A new beginning
Al-Arabiya (press release) (subscription)
The courts hearing the most critical cases relating to Ergenekon, the Sledgehammer (Balyoz), Cage (Kafes) and other coup attempts will no longer feel

Turkey votes yes: fit for the EU king?

from cafebabel.com by euro topics

58% of Turks want extensive constitutional reform. The British, Belgian, Spanish and Czech press say the vote, cast in a referendum on 12 September, consolidates democracy in Turkey – but is there potential danger for the country’s secularism and separation of powers? Press review

Referendum in Turkey: A Vote for Democracy or a New Strongman? – TIME

Criminal Charges Pressed against Coup Instigators of 1980

from Bianet :: English
The MAZLUMDER human rights association in Ankara filed a criminal complaint against the coup instigators from the military coup 1980 one day after the referendum approved the lifting of provisional Article 15. The EDP filed complaints in Izmir and Bursa.

ERGUN BABAHAN – Pro-change groups won; neo-nationalists lost

The referendum results primarily imply that a majority of the public favor integration with the global system. Indeed, the political parties that oppose the European Union (EU) and who would list numerous excuses starting with, ?Yes, but…? suffered a great defeat. The general public made it clear that it seeks greater integration with the global world, a higher level of rule of law, and, at the least, a say in the administration. As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) correctly understood these demands for change, they managed to emerge victorious from the polls for the seventh time. The referendum results are also indicative of power of the people?s will.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Raising the voice — for normalization

In what defines a new threshold for the ongoing struggle to increase civilian control of a semi-authoritarian regime of tutelage, a clear majority of Turkish society said on Sunday that its desire is, simply, more democracy.

You need to trust the public

by ORAL ÇALIŞLAR – RADİKAL
The public?s approval of the reforms in Sunday?s referendum is an open indication that it wants a continuation of Turkey?s democratic journey. The victory of democracy is not the victory of a certain party or political ideology.

Hello to a more democratic day

by ERDAL ŞAFAK-  SABAH
Hello to a more democratic Turkey. This greeting was among the candidates for the headline of our major story today. Yes, Turkey is more democratic today when compared to yesterday, but it is less democratic than it will be tomorrow.

Sept. 13: A new Turkey, a new constitution, a new form of politics by MURAT YILMAZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Op-Ed
The referendum on Sept. 12 brought to an end an extremely turbulent political campaign period in Turkey. As of Sept. 13, the process of change and democratization in Turkey had crossed another critical threshold.

Referendum boycott and the BDP by VAHAP COŞKUN

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Op-Ed
The 26-article package of constitutional reforms, voted on in a referendum on Sunday, is considerably important with regard to its content.

An Israeli View of Turkey?s Referendum

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

I?m told by an Israeli friend that Alon Liel?s view in this article in Haaretz is considered very moderate in Israel. Judging by what I heard there this summer (?Hamas, Erdogan, Hizbullah??) I?m surprised too. Liel has an interesting conclusion, a prediction about the Kurdish issue. Click here.

Judicial Onslaught On Military Begins

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

At 9 am on the day after the referendum,  all sorts of individuals and groups around the country, whether they voted yes or no in the referendum, united to file criminal complaints against the leaders of the 1980 coup. The present constitution was a product of that coup and under temporary Article 15 prevented criminal charges from being brought against coup leaders. The recent referendum lifts that prohibition. The constitutional changes approved by the referendum have not yet been published in the Official Gazette, which would make them official, but prosecutors have been accepting the complaints. (click here)

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