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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.