Oath-taking standoff over, charter is next

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News
Parliament gears up to discuss a new constitution after opposition deputies reach agreement with the ruling party and take the oath of office

We have agreed with Turkish officials to form peace council: Öcalan

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Radikal
Details of a July 6 meeting between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK’s, imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan and his lawyers have been released on news portals known to be close to PKK

The AKP’s constitutional team

by HDN
The AKP set the frame of a new constitution as its top goal for the new term.

New Cabinet Announced: 24 Men, 1 Woman

Prime Minister announced the 61st government. Deputy Prime Ministers are Bülent Arınç, Ali Babacan, Beşir Atalay and Bekir Bozdağ. Only one woman minister in the cabinet.

Turkey?s Erdogan Names Cabinet Amid Opposition Boycott of Parliament

from Yahoo news
Turkey?s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled a 25-member Cabinet tasked with rewriting the constitution and expanding the economy in his third term.

An unsurprising Cabinet

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The new Cabinet list, announced on Wednesday by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, came as no surprise to anyone because the prime minister did not make many changes, choosing to mostly continue with long-serving ministers who have already proven their success in the areas they serve.

CHP wants solution to oath crisis, says Turkish opposition leader

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
The leader of Turkey?s main opposition has said his party does not want to create a parliamentary gridlock following an important meeting with the legislature?s newly elected speaker on Thursday.

CHP on the run?

by Ali Bayramoğlu Yeni Şafak
The expected thing happened: The leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) announced that members of his party will not be taking the parliamentary oath on Tuesday in protest of court decisions that prevented two of its deputies from being released from jail, and the crisis has reached a peak.

Parliamentary crisis: imprisoned politicians in Turkey, Lars Hoffmann and Firat Cengiz

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Lars Hoffmann and Firat Cengiz
There are deep divisions between the political forces in the new parliament that are not being worked out through democratic parliamentary debate. All of a sudden, the parliament is in crisis
In our recent article on the June 2011 national elections in Turkey, we argued that the versatility and open-mindedness of many first time parliamentarians might lead to a strong and effective political opposition in the Turkish Parliament; something that every parliamentary democracy should cherish. Yet, barely a fortnight later, the new parliament is facing a major crisis surrounding nine newly-elected opposition MPs who are currently held in jail.

Turkey’s post-election crisis, Daphne McCurdy

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Daphne McCurdy
The current crisis presents the first post-election test for political actors in the country. At this critical juncture, with the Turkish populous ready for a new, liberal constitution, the choices the political parties make to resolve the current impasse will affect the future of democracy in Turkey.

The crisis of ‘post-Kemalist Turkey’

by HDN
What a relief, the political crisis seems to be over and we can now get onto our holidays.

CHP deputy last minute turn from AKP’s door

by ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News
First time deputies typically have difficulty getting used to parliament after the election term.

The CHP’s Shadow Cabinet

by ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News
The Republican People?s party, or CHP, failed to achieve the level of success it was wishing for in the elections and party work was then overshadowed by the ?oath crisis.?

Le parti kurde bien moins macho que les partis turcs.

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

A bizarre, abnormal and illegal case: JİTEM

by LALE KEMAL
It is abnormal and unacceptable in a democratic nation for both elected civilian authorities and the judiciary to remain unaware of illegal activities occurring within the government over long periods of time, but this has long been the case in Turkey.

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