Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan has warned Turkey’s largest business organisation, TÜSAD, that it risks “elimination” if it fails to take a stance on the country’s referendum on constitutional change, to be held on 12 September. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article.
It becomes clearer every day just how crucial a turning point the referendum is. Take, for example, the latest move in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to change the structure of specially authorized courts and prosecutors, including those in İstanbul, Erzurum and Diyarbakır. They clearly want to take control over the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases.
Turkey is in the process of moving ahead of the world average as well as other major emerging economies in many sectors.First of all, Turkey?s financial sector remained quite robust in the year of the financial crisis. There has not been a single bank failure or nationalization because of bad loan problems. On the contrary, Turkish banks were net lenders in 2009, and their profit rate increased by 50 percent in a period when the overall rate of contraction in Turkey?s gross domestic product (GDP) was 4.7 percent.
Summertime, closed schools, peak travel season — it would be more than understandable if for some weeks, except for the upcoming constitutional referendum, Turkish domestic politics comes to a complete standstill. This week on Monday we were reminded of the fact that there is, however, one issue which never vanishes from anyone?s agenda: the state of Turkey?s economy.
With little time remaining before the referendum, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), whose structure will change if the reforms are approved, is making a final attack to change some of its prosecutors.
The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism recently due to its silence over a government-sponsored constitutional reform package that will be presented in a referendum on Sept. 12.
The outcome of the Sept. 12 referendum is very important for Turkey, and this importance stems particularly from the individual articles of the Constitution that will be amended, the judicial system that will be normalized and the military judiciary that will be pushed one step further toward normalization, and the abolishment of Provisional Article 15, which is a source of disgrace and shame.
In a little more than three weeks, Turkey goes to the polls to vote on the government?s package of constitutional amendments. Disagreement over the implications of the proposed changes remains visceral. But as the long campaign has worn on, it has become as much about establishing the party-political terms on which next year?s general election campaign will be fought as about changes to the rights of children or the composition of the judiciary. That being so, what can we expect in political terms once the results are in?
With the referendum approaching, a review of public and not-so-public opinion polls present the following view: ?Yes? votes seem to be stabilizing at around 55 percent, and ?no? votes and undecided votes (which may be dominated by intimidation or political pressure) at 45 percent. Several serious pollsters I have constantly been in touch with agree that ?yes? votes are on the slow increase.