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Elections 2011

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | Following the Turkish constitutional referendum, 2010, which the ruling party won, to create reforms as necessitated for Turkey’s accession to the EU, AK Party party leaders said they would create a new constitution after the 2011 elections, which were seen as having emboldened the AK Party. The election is likely to be held in June 2011, possibly on 12 June 2011.

2007 Elections and Poll Tracking

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Democratic Elections in Turkey | Chart

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkey’s Annual Inflation Slowed to 6.4% in December, Beats Expectations

from Yahoo news
Turkey?s inflation rate fell to a year low in December, making it more likely the central bank will lower interest rates further.

Article | Turkey’s Islamist Danger by Bassam Tibi

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

2011 is a year that Turkey, Islam and the General Elections will keep us busy. Bassam Tibi is on the one end of the discussion. If he can be proven wrong will it be good for the future of Turkey? He argues about the concepts introduced by Jurgen Habermas post 9/11. With Democratic requests fron Kurdish minority in Turkey ‘Leitkultur’ will be discussed again and again in Mavi Boncuk. Hopefully it will ward the evil eye as it should.

Attempts at a CHP-MHP coalition

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
?The most important thing is to preserve the sphere of free debate,? said Abdullah Gül after his visit to Diyarbakır. He was content with the event, but some Kurds expressed disappointment. They were expecting more precise language and stronger hints about the roadmap, or whatever it may be called.

2011, the year of elections

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
There is agreement that 2011 will be a turning point in Turkey due to the importance of the general elections scheduled for the middle of the year. There is no doubt that the elections and their result will leave a mark on the entire year.

Turkish political physics or why the AKP might stay in charge for a long time

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
In the past decade, developments in Turkish politics that correspond to the three laws of physics have altered the structure of the country?s political system greatly.

Underdog DSP challenges CHP?s ?leftist? title

by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
It seems strange to see some observers of Turkish politics treat the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) as the sole contender on the center-left of the Turkish political spectrum, while the CHP?s credentials for leftist and social democratic values are very much being challenged and disputed because of hard-line nationalistic, pro-military, anti-reform and elitist policies adopted by the CHP in recent years to fervently defend the status quo.

The Kurdish question: No one remains true to his words

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
It is usual for politicians, intellectuals and academics in Turkey to beat around the bush, but they broke the record on the Kurdish question.

New Kemalism: Religious but Not Conservative

What are they saying about the ?new CHP??

by İHSAN DAĞI
Once again we are in an election year. Political competition will peak in the period before us. Despite having been in power for the last eight years, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is not acting as though it has lost energy. Those who want to overthrow the AK Party government through ?democratic methods? will obviously focus on the elections to be held in June. They have their hopes vested in Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s ?new Republican People?s Party? (CHP). But is the CHP ready to take on this mission?

Can the AK Party surpass 52 percent of the vote?

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
In my previous column, I conveyed some analysis of the most defining event in 2011: the general elections. Let me continue this with references to an esteemed pollster.

New election alliances

by Şamil Tayyar
If the CHP uses the Alevi-Kurdish questions to shape its pre-election period, this may blow wind into the sails of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Aegean regions.

The MHP?s new Kurdish strategy

by MÜMTAZER TÜRKÖNE

What Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli said on Tuesday at the meeting of his party?s parliamentary group implies that his party?s opposition to the government vis-à-vis the Kurdish issue will grow harsher.

THE CORRIDOR – The CHP’s magic formula for Kurdish votes

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
CHP officials are preoccupied by questions such as how they are going to get close to forming the government without significantly increasing their vote share in the Southeast.

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