Yargıtay decrees: Headscarf is illegal


Yargıtay (The Supreme Court of Appeals of Turkey ) today made the headlines. It announced that YÖK’s latest move, allowing headscarfed women to universities, is not right, it violates Constitutional and European Court decisions. After the HSYK defeat, this seems to be a last breath shot of the Kemalist judiciary… I don’t believe Yargıtay’s move will make much change apart from some noise in the media….


İshak Alaton: Referendum a turning point in Turkish history

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
İshak Alaton, one of the most respected businessmen of Turkey, has said the approval of a reform package by 58 percent in a referendum held on Sept. 12 is a major milestone in the history of the country because it has opened the way to more democracy.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – Tough slalom for Kılıçdaroğlu

The more he tries, the more he understands how arduous a task this is. The person in the spotlight these days is Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, successor to Deniz Baykal, as the new leader of an old party, the Republican People?s Party (CHP).

Reaction to the old order

A total of 10,222 judges and prosecutors  from ordinary courts and 1,265 judges and prosecutors from administrative courts voted in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) elections, held on Sunday. None of the candidates nominated by the Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) or the Democratic Judiciary Association were elected. Candidates reportedly on the list of the Ministry of Justice were elected to the HSYK.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Erbakan?s re-election

In a move that surprised many, 84-year-old Necmettin Erbakan, the honorary leader of the Felicity Party (SP), was elected as the party?s leader at an extraordinary general congress held in Ankara on Sunday.

New term in judiciary: What do the results of the HSYK election mean? by Reşat Petek

Another concrete outcome of the recently passed constitutional amendments has taken place. New members were elected to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Monday.

İHSAN DAĞI – Three reasons why the CHP cannot change

Having changed its leader, will the Republican People?s Party (CHP) be able to adopt a new political language and program? This has been optimistically expected of the ?new? CHP. It seems that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his new team are aware of the need to do something to reach out to new social sectors in order to make the party electable in the upcoming elections.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Kılıçdaroğlu?s leadership test

The Republican People?s Party (CHP) is experiencing some turbulence due to the recent emergence of a rift in the party over the CHP?s attendance at the Oct. 29 Republic Day reception at the Çankaya presidential palace.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Attempts to overshadow HSYK election results

The structure of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), which has become a center of great controversy because the board constantly meddles in major cases, was changed following an election on Sunday.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Legal manifesto of the new judiciary and the new Turkey

We have seen once again the transforming, changing and revolutionary effects of democracy. The votes cast by 11,000 judges and prosecutors working in local courts to elect the members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) this weekend not only paved the way for a new judiciary and a new Turkey but also revealed a very important fact for everyone.

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