The people of Turkey are voting on the government’s package of constitutional amendments in a referendum on 12 September, the 30th anniversary of a coup that brought the military to power.”
Dr. Roy Karadag is currently a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. His doctoral project on ?Political Capitalisms: Power, Elites and the Economy in Turkey and the Philippines? has been completed in November 2009. His research interests include Comparative Politics, Historical Sociology, Theories of the State and State Formation, Middle East Studies, and Political Islam. His publications include two book chapters in German (2006) mit Oliver Schlumberger: Demokratisierung und Transitionsforschung. In: Barrios, Harald/Christoph Stefes (Hrsg.): Einführung in die Comparative Politics. München: Oldenbourg, 227-250. (Lehr- und Handbücher der Politikwissenschaft); and (2007): Jenseits von Kultur und Ökonomie: Rivalisierende Erklärungsansätze zum Klientelismus und ihre Relevanz für die arabische Welt. In: Albrecht, Holger (Hrsg.): Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft im Vorderen Orient. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 243-262.
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Finally, just three days before the vote, a government translation of the Referendum appeared in the newspaper (I presume it?s also available in Turkish. Ha Ha.) Here it is. There?s a link in the article to download a pdf of the translation.
In its response to a letter by a group of Turkish intellectuals regarding the government-backed constitutional amendment package, the EU Commission says the success of the proposed reforms will depend on what extent they will be implemented on the ground. The commission also says it conducted in-depth research on the changes and has ‘come to a balanced analysis,’ implicitly referring to the Turkish opposition’s criticism of EU support for the reform charter
Regarded by some as a stronghold of the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, the southern province of Antalya appears more divided in its opinions about the upcoming constitutional referendum. While most local associations avoid taking a public stance, they generally agree that the prevailing political tension is bad for business as local residents say they will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ independent of their political views