This week’s political agenda. Will there be referendum on Sept 12 or not

Constitutional Court will again decide…as CHP, main opposition party, again applied the Court for the rejection of reforms…


Is CHP burying the hatchet with Gülen movement?
Today’s Zaman
Baykal and his party, joining with the opponents of Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting

Turkey to hold referendum on Sept. 12

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey will hold a referendum on Sept. 12 about controversial constitutional amendments that would empower civilian courts to prosecute military commanders and give parliament a say in appointing judges.

Turkey’s CHP applies to top court to annul reform package

from Hurriyet Dailynews
In a petition to the Constitutional Court against the government’s new reform package, the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, says the package was submitted to Parliament with procedural mistakes and that articles regarding judiciary are contrary to the Constitution

Turkish Party Asks Court to Reject Changes

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU
The opposition party, the Republican People?s Party, challenged 28 constitutional amendments, contending that some of them violate the separation of powers.

Turkish constitutional reform package set for Sept. 12 referendum

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey will hold a referendum Sept. 12 on the country’s controversial constitutional reform package, the Supreme Elections Board, or YSK, announced Thursday.

Military denies gendarmeries were inadequately armed to combat PKK

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The military refuted claims Friday that gendarmerie stations were inadequately equipped following deadly attacks in Southeast Anatolia.

KLAUS JURGENS – ?Opposition on principle? vs. legitimate, constructive policy-making suggestions

Turkey?s most recent constitutional reform package will be presented to the electorate in a referendum as had been widely expected. What does come as a surprise, though, is the date as announced by the Supreme Election Board (YSK): Whereas the government aimed to hold a referendum in mid-July, it has now been asked to wait until Sept. 12 of this year. The difference is 60 days

Turkey’s opposition, Sex, lies and video

by yuvakuran

A scandal brings down Turkey?s main opposition leader, May 13th 2010, ISTANBUL, The Economist

HE HAS not won an election in almost 20 years. He has made a career of blocking reform. And now he has allegedly been caught in bed with his former private secretary. Yet Deniz Baykal, who on May 10th resigned as leader of Turkey?s main opposition grouping, the pro-secular Republican People?s Party (CHP), may survive nonetheless.

CHP should not water this down

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by ASLI AYDINTAŞBAŞ – MILLIYET
For days, senior members of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) have been talking about former party leader Deniz Baykal?s return to party leadership after his resignation on Monday due to a video that revealed his alleged affair with a deputy.

ABDULHAMİT BİLİCİ – Turkey and CHP without Baykal?

At the time Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal was announcing his decision to resign as party chairman, I was on a boat tour on the Bosporus with a group of journalists from Europe. The meeting in which we discussed Turkey-EU relations was hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey.

No consensus yet in Turkey’s CHP on new leader

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
The former main opposition party leader Deniz Baykal is urging his party to agree on a candidate, while CHP?s Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is firm on not running under the current circumstances

Turkey’s new political balance: Old AKP and New Kemalism

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Turkey’s protracted political battle between the governing party and its opponents reached a crescendo with Parliament’s vote on proposed constitutional amendments.

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