How many bodyguard in this photo?

After being informed of a possible assassination, PM Erdoğan was protected by an army of bodyguards during Last Friday’s prayer…

YAVUZ BAYDAR – ?Nomenklatura? assembling for a new fight for blockage

There are enough reasons to ignore alarmists and panic-mongers. The emerging cacophony about the 26-point constitutional reform package sounds raw, rough and threatening, but at the very core we shall experience yet another attempt to see whether or not Turkey will come to democratic maturity.

Turkey reforms give top brass over to civilian court –

ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN – The Armenian issue in the election year

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s hinting at deporting 100,000 Armenians working illegally in Turkey has, interestingly, captured the country?s attention immediately. The fact that his remarks amount to a gaffe that leaves Turkey in a politically difficult position as we get closer to April 24 has added to the media?s interest.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Turkey?s politicized judiciary

Interestingly enough, one of the strongest reactions to a reform package initiated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came from Turkey?s supreme judiciary — the Council of State, Supreme Court of Appeals and Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) — which claimed that the government was trying to take control of the judiciary through judicial amendments in the package.
Judiciary gets failing marks in independence and impartiality
Today’s Zaman
Following the beginning of the Ergenekon investigation, serious opposition from the judiciary began to arise when the investigation spread as far as retired

[CROSS READER] Background of top judiciary?s resistance to reform

The ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AK Party) latest and most courageous attempt to amend the Constitution left its mark on last week?s agenda. The government, which vowed to introduce a new constitution when it first came to power in 2002 but has failed to do so, now plans partial amendments to the Constitution, which was drafted by the leaders of the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup.

EMRE USLU – The constitutional reform and the MHP?s strategy

It was months before the first closure case was brought against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). There was not a single indication or rumor that the AK Party might be closed down when the late Gündüz Aktan, a former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy who was visiting Utah, said: “The case file is being populated at the Supreme Court of Appeals.


FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – No end in sight for constitutional reform debate

There are never-ending debates in Turkey on the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government?s constitutional reform package, which was made public last week. The package, which includes amendments to improve the Turkish judiciary and raise democratic standards, has been met with both criticism and praise.

Abramowitz and Barkey on the AKP and the Future of Turkey

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

In an insightful piece in The Wall Street Journal, former Ambassador to Turkey and Century Foundation Senior Fellow Morton Abramowitz and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vistiting Fellow Henri Barkey give a brief summary analysis of recent goings-on in Turkey. From the piece: Shortly after the 2002 AKP electoral victory, elements of the Turkish military, including senior commanders, began worrying that the AKP would transform Turkey from the secular democracy inherited from Ataturk to a more religious and authoritarian state. Some, as we now know, began plotting against the new government. Their fears turned out to be correct, not because the AKP has turned Turkey into an Islamic state?it has not and is not likely to?but because it has gone very far in eliminating the military’s role in Turkish political life. That is an extraordinary achievement, although it is not AKP’s alone. Rather, it is the result of a profound and long-coming societal change?namely, the emergence of a conservative and pious middle class.

Turkey’s Madisonian Dilemma: The Constitution and Why “Neighborhood Pressure” Matters

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

On Monday the AKP made public its proposed package of constitutional amendments over stark protestations from opposition parties and some figures in the judicary who have issued public statements against the package. There is dissent about both the content of the amendments, as well as allegations about the AKP’s intentions and the means the party is employing to push the package into law.

Lawyer Erdal: Everyone has their own judiciary

Meryem Erdal, who authored the study ?Everyone has their own judiciary?? for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), has said some news items and commentaries are shocking in terms of the way they defend the deep state.

Les juges protestent contre la réforme de la Constitution en Turquie


La Croix (France), 29 mars 2010

Delphine Nerbollier, à Istanbul

Le gouvernement turc présente demain une réforme constitutionnelle qui limite l?influence des hautes cours de justice. Le bras de fer avec la justice est relancé.

Le gouvernement turc consulte à tout-va. Partis d?opposition, organisations économiques, syndicats, journalistes locaux et étrangers?, le parti au pouvoir, l?AKP (Parti de la justice et du développement) tente de faire comprendre l?enjeu du paquet de réformes constitutionnelles qui sera présenté demain au Parlement. Il prévoit de modifier 23 articles de la Constitution actuelle, héritée du coup d?État militaire de 1980.

Why this stubbornness? Why not change the Constitution? by Levent Köker

One reflection of the draft proposal publicized by some Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies who were considering referring it to Parliament as a package of constitutional amendments was the following headline published on the front page of the Milliyet daily: ?Why this stubbornness?? Really, why this stubbornness?

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