Unfortunately, I could not find an English translation of proposed changes. I am working on it. You can find a documents where all changes in Turkish are listed. Besides, AKP set up a website again only in Turkish about the changes here. I will declare my official position on referendum soon…
Yes or no on the Sept. 12 referendum? Are you confused? Maybe. You may not like the Justice and Development Party (AK Party); the conservative understanding it represents or the lifestyle it adopts may not appeal to you.
Our generals do not, of course, support democratization in Turkey. Even though they like to speak about every single issue under the sun, they never mention that Turkey needs democratization or transparency, and thus, the EU process.
Since Rousseau, we have described constitutions as ?social contracts.? What it means for a constitution to be a social contract is that constitutional rules belong not to the political arena, but to society.
As the historic Sept. 12 referendum draws near, both the supporters and the opponents of the constitutional amendment package have begun raising their voices. Political parties have already announced the color of their votes, with the opposition kicking off its ?no? campaign and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) appealing for a ?yes? vote.
In a normal democratic country, viewing the military institution as part of the political system is unthinkable. Yet in Turkey, without understanding the key role that the military plays in the political system, it is not possible to understand how this country is run. Through various mechanisms, the Turkish military assumes a critical role in the Turkish political system.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by EMRE USLU
In the Turkish political system, the issue of religion has always been considered a problem. The common argument on this issue has been developed as follows: The modern Turkish state accepted secularism as one of the main pillars of its foundation; therefore, it upset religious circles; therefore, the confrontation continues.
For the sake of argument, let?s assume that the opposition is correct and the AKP?s constitutional amendments have been designed to enable the party to pack the higher judiciary with its people. (Let?s leave aside the question of whether a degree of court-packing isn?t already built into Turkey?s institutional framework.) The thing that puzzles me is why the opposition seems to equate an increased role for parliament in appointments to the higher judiciary with an increased role for the AKP in particular. Have they given up on getting back into power themselves? Are they still so dazed and confused by the AKP?s electoral successes over the past decade that they believe there is now no way to overturn its parliamentary majority?
Calling the constitutional amendment a critical step in Turkey?s democratization process, Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR) leader Bayram Bozyel assessed the Peace and Democracy Party?s (BDP) call to boycott the referendum as a lack of having its own policy.
A referendum to be held on Sept. 12 on a government-sponsored constitutional reform package continues to be the main topic of debate in Turkey as political parties hit the campaign trail to convince the public to vote either ?yes? or ?no? on the package, which is said will form the cornerstone of Turkish democracy if approved because the reforms will deal a heavy blow to Turkey?s current coup-era Constitution.
Humor circles are supposed to be more critical but they work in favor of status quo and work for NO in the referendum: