No wonder, the No front is so frustrated. Their kingdom is dead. Democracy is not something taken for granted. And referendum results will not automatically bring more freedom but that’s step towards that direction. Now all of us, citizens, should work now. Kemalism, a modernizing foundational ideology, that has long lost its essence and became a regressive and oppressive ideology is not kaput. Its major guardians, the Army and higher judiciary are at their weakest point.
Apart from the most of Alevis, who symbolize the one who fell in love with its rapist- Remember the bloody Dersim massacre-, and direct beneficaries of the old regime (older bureacracy, army-related citizens, older richer families whose wealth is indebted to Kemalist state formation, loyal civil servants and their offsprings), all oppressed sections of society are happy today. I hope AKP will seize this bright day and opportunity and incorporate the voices of the subalterns into its party line… We will all see together.
Bingöl: % 95
Diyarbakır: % 94
Mardin: % 94
HIGHEST “NO” VOTING CITIES:
Fifty-eight percent of those who cast their ballots in Sunday’s referendum in Turkey voted in favour of extensive constitutional reform. The press sees the vote as consolidating democracy in Turkey, but senses potential danger for the country’s secularism and separation of powers.
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Analysis: Referendum reveals three faces of Turkey
… incorporation of formerly excluded people into power structures,” said Soli Ozel, a professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Bilgi University.
Turkey’s former President Kenan Evren casts his vote during a referendum in Ankara September 12, 2010. Kenan Evren leaded the 12 September 1980 military coup as Chief of Staff and and was elected as the President of Turkey on November 7, 1982 with the approval of the new constitution. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the changes to a charter drafted in the 1980s after a military coup exactly 30 years ago are needed to strengthen democracy and bring Turkey closer to European norms. Turks voted on Sunday on whether to amend the constitution in a referendum seen as a tussle between a government led by conservative Muslims and secular opponents for influence over the EU candidate country’s future.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Turkey Referendum Triumph Paves Way For Third AKP Term, New Constitution
Referring to Ergenekon, an alleged army coup plot against the AKP, he said that there was “no mafia left in the country anymore.
I was on Chicago Public Radio’s “Worldview” program talking about the Sept. 12 referendum in Turkey and the constitutional reform package that Turkish voters passed today. You can hear the interview, which also covers a number of other related issues, here.
from Turkish Digest
The Turkish referendum poll gave a strong go-ahead to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government with its reforms on Sunday, as a constitutional amendment package garnered higher than expected 58 percent of the national vote.
Another visit to the polls, another comfortable victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP). It won?t have escaped anyone paying even casual attention to Turkish politics that a pattern has emerged over the past eight years. The AKP wins. It is adept at the business of accumulating votes and it consistently punches above its weight. This raises a number of questions about the opposition. In particular, why haven?t policies and tactics developed to meet the AKP challenge more effectively? That?s a question I?ll return to in a subsequent post. But to use a cruder metric for the moment, why hasn?t fundraising and political spending risen on the back of the visceral antipathy that is so clearly felt towards the AKP by many people in Turkey?
Top news: In a nationwide referendum yesterday, Turks approved 26 amendments to the country’s constitution, which supporters say will reign in the power of the military and make the government more accountable, but opponents believe will give Turkey’s Islamic-oriented government too much power over the judiciary.
Turkey has come a long way toward becoming an e-state with high-tech voting – or so I thought after the last local elections. My experience Sunday raised some doubts.
HEADLINES (IN TURKISH) VIA
Reacting to Turkey’s referendum result yesterday in support of constitutional reforms, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (FDP, Germany), spokesperson for the ALDE group on EU-Turkey accession negotiations in the foreign affairs committee said: