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Özer Sencar, the owner of the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, says there are forces inside and outside Turkey that are trying to destabilize the country so that support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will diminish.
The first part of the operation in the Republican People?s Party (CHP) ended successfully. First Deniz Baykal was thrown out because a videotape was released that most likely contained images that were taken from different places at different times, and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was made chairman under the auspices of Secretary-General Önder Sav.
One of the most striking episodes in Hasan Cemal?s new book, with the same title as my column, is about how the military command, disappointed and infuriated by what it saw as ?remnant fundamentalist elements? coming back to power with a constitutional majority in Parliament, used the Cyprus referendum process to weaken it and derail Turkey from the path of European Union membership.
In minute detail, Cemal chronicles a day-by-day account of a tug-of-war between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdullah Gül on one side and Rauf Denktaş and the generals in Ankara on the other.
Without a careful reading of that chapter of recent Turkish history, one is not able to understand the essence of civilian-military relations here, nor is it possible for EU politicians to realize how unfairly they have treated Turkish Cypriots all along. I will leave it at that.
How Turkey Tamed Its Army Foreign Policy The spirit of Turkey’s new reformist trend is best exemplified by a landmark trial and investigation into Ergenekon, an agglomeration of many different
Ever since Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s election to the Republican People?s Party (CHP) leadership, he has been under scrutiny by the media, which question whether the new leader will be able to transform the old CHP into a new and pro-democratic CHP.
Saul was chosen as the king of the Israelites, the text of the Bible implies, because he was taller than anybody among his people. He was said to be a goodly young man, but his goodliness seems to be a reference to the fact that ?from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.?
?What the headlines giveth, the headlines will take away,? is my best shot at translating the Turkish prime minister?s disparaging description of the meteoric rise of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, his new adversary and recently elected leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP).
The election of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as party leader, along with a wholesale change of the leadership team in the Republican People?s Party (CHP), has implications for the party system, institutionalization, linkages between voters and candidates and, in short, democratization in Turkey.
A polemic has begun over the way newly elected Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has referred to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, first at the party?s general congress over the weekend and in his later statements.
What allows newly elected Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to be perceived as a new political figure are his Kurdish and Alevi roots. No politician has emerged so far who has a background representing victimized and oppressed circles.
After skyrocketing to the leadership of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) out of the shocking chaos ensuing from the Deniz Baykal sex tape scandal, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu convened the Party Council of the CHP for the first time on Saturday and set up the party?s Central Executive Board (MYK).
Yesterday was the anniversary of the first military coup that Turkish democracy saw. After 27 years of single-party regime at the hands of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Turkey had introduced the multi-party regime on May 14, 1950, as a consequence of international pressure.
The 50th anniversary of the May 27, 1960 coup, the first in a series of military interventions in Turkish political history, was marked yesterday, with many taking to the streets and holding protests against all anti-democratic interventions in the country.