It was one of the most inextricable and most chronic issues in Turkey. Despite its complexity and huge challenges, it was settled by a very simple move.
Turkey Rolls Back University Scarf Ban Wall Street Journal
By MARC CHAMPION ISTANBUL?Turkey is quietly resolving an issue that has come to symbolize the country’s bitter divisions and nearly toppled its government
Constitutional Court President Haşim Kılıç called attention to the Irrevocable Provisions of the Turkish Constitution and called it contradictory to the spirit and tenets of international constitutional law.
Even the title of the debate is provocative, as it is impossible to even suggest amending the first four articles of the Constitution. Turkey?s current Constitution orders us to not even dream of amending its first four articles.
In my last post, I quoted Juan Linz and Al Stepan outlining the kind of conditions that need to prevail in order for a country to engage in a process of ?free and consensual constitution-making?. I think the chances of Turkey meeting (or even approaching) this benchmark are non-existent or thereabouts.
For the first time, Turkey has been applying political means rather than just the failed 26-year-old military solution to both its Kurdish as well as its terror problems. This, however, does not mean that Turkey has abandoned military methods against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK). At least the military has been accepting more political guidance in the fight against terror in contrast to prior decades of ill-defined terror strategies pursued by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) alone.
Hanefi Avcı, former chief of the Eskişehir police, was arrested a few days ago. Allegedly Avcı leaked confidential information about an investigation on a shadowy leftist organization, the Revolutionary Headquarters, that led to the deaths of two police officers and a civilian in the last two years.
Political debates will continue to center on the Constitution for some time to come. This prediction is reinforced by Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s offer to draft a new constitution just after the referendum.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s strong centralist structure could use some shaking up, many seem to agree, but the pro-Kurdish party’s call for decentralization is seen by its critics as a threat to national unity. Even those who support giving local administrations more financial and administrative autonomy say the BDP’s demands for 26 self-governing regions go too far
Let me say it from the very beginning, if there is no significant division in right-wing votes, it will be impossible for a leftist party to challenge the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the upcoming general elections.