Former Air Forces Commander Gen. Halil İbrahim Fırtına and former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Özden Örnek are among the 163 suspects who were arrested on Friday. from Today’s Zaman 162 Turkish officers ordered jailed in coup trial Bloomberg That case is based on a conspiracy by an alleged gang of secular nationalists called “Ergenekon.” Critics say the Sledgehammer and Ergenekon cases are built
Turkey?s armed forces chief of staff General Işık Koşaner met with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan at Istanbul?s Dolmabahçe Palace on Saturday in an unscheduled meeting that lasted 45 minutes. It is not known what was discussed, but the meeting occurred just hours after more than a hundred officers were arrested in connection with an alleged coup plot named ?Operation Sledgehammer? to overthrow Erdoğan?s government in 2003. 163 active-service and retired officers are on trial and on Friday a court ordered them jailed. Most have been in and out of detention since the case first broke a year ago. The trial was adjourned until March 14. Click here.
The Republican People?s Party (CHP) once again opened its democratic credentials up to debate when a senior party administrator recently criticized the Turkish military for failing to intervene in politics.
Republican People?s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Süheyl Batum first sent a greeting to the ?intellectuals? in Silivri who are suspects in the Ergenekon case and then said they may run for Parliament for the CHP.
Some were claiming that the Republican People?s Party (CHP) is being renewed and it will turn into a party that listens to the demands of the public and competes with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) for increased democracy and freedoms
Just as they are concerned with the percentage of votes the Republican People?s Party (CHP) will receive, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and CHP party officials are interested in the percentage of votes the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will receive in the general elections.
Hopes are fading. Despite receiving a considerable amount of ?benefit of the doubt? from the liberal left and the reformist right given to what its leader calls ?the new CHP [Republican People?s Party],? it seems increasingly clear that Turkey is to enter the new elections in an environment similar to that of the previous one in July 2007.
There is this trend or hype of ?concerned moderns? that Turkey has been experiencing for some time. Actually, I see this trend as part of the psycho-socio-political campaigns waged from time to time making false assertions such as ?Turkey is becoming like Iran or Malaysia,? or ?Turkey is heading toward a civilian dictatorship,? or ?What Turkey currently sees is a civilian coup.?
The ?paper tiger? remark has created a crisis within the Republican People?s Party (CHP), but also within our democracy via the CHP. A crisis tends to provide a good opportunity to diagnose diseases in a country?s political arena.