Even President Abdullah Gül and Bülent Arınç opposes the PM Erdoğan’s desire for the presidential system. I cannot know why he is so eager about that. Under normal conditions, his party already dominates the parliamentary system…
Photo from Radikal-Öykü Özen is running for parliament. She describes her life as one of struggle. Her mother was one of the first labor migrants to Germany. Öykü Özen graduated from an imam-hatip high school and was trained as a hafız, one who has memorized the Quran.
Is Turkey going to adopt a presidential system or not? It is far too early to make a final prediction. Many other pressing items currently dominate Ankara?s domestic and international agenda, including the upcoming June 12 general elections. Let us nevertheless press the fast forward button looking ahead and consider the pros and cons of changing a substantial element of the country?s political structure
Can Turkey transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one? It is possible both theoretically and practically. But it would be wrong to spurt out a ?yes? or ?no? without looking at the rich background of this debate.
?In every bureaucracy and every ilçe (provincial county), the deep state has individuals it can rely on to (1) keep tabs on internal developments and (2) to make clear the deep state position on particular issues that concern national security.
Wikileaks Turkey (1): an X-ray of the ‘deep state’ Al-Arabiya So begins, too, American monitoring of a painfully bumpy adventure of the AK Party as a ruling political, civilian movement in Turkey. Given the high number of American cables from Turkey — all 11000 of them, a record figure — there was a moment
Turkey?s main opposition party?s visit to Washington revealed concerns toward the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and curiosity towards the Republican People?s Party, or CHP, through questions asked by American officials, congressmen and think tanks
The primaries for the run-up to national elections on 12 June will be over on Monday evening when the parties registered to compete in upcoming elections submit the official list of nominees to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) as required by law.
The whole ?Balkans? thing is temporarily suspended because, well, who cares about the Balkans. And I have work to do besides. The following post will not be cited as strongly as I usually like to cite things because I intend it more as a thought-provoker than as an assertion of truth. Bakacaz.I?m not even a basketball sort of person, but basketball is American life. The urban facts of life in the United States have been largely laid clear ? well, if not clear at least silhouetted ? by Bethlehem Shoals? crew at Free Darko. I don?t usually read it, because I?m not a fan, but something by Yago Colas grabbed my attention (basketball stuff elided):
The debate on Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s leadership was essentially started by the interview former Republican People?s Party (CHP) Secretary-General Önder Sav gave to the Ege?de Son Söz (The Final Word In The Aegean) daily. Sav?s statements made it clear that Kılıçdaroğlu had been ?brought to the position of chairman.? But what did Sav say about Kılıçdaroğlu, the CHP and Deniz Baykal?
This is the fourth article of this series and aims to analyze the Nationalist Movement Party?s (MHP) election strategy. As the country enters a critical election period no clearly defined MHP strategy has been revealed, yet.
With a little over two months? time left to national elections in Turkey, the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) is acting like a huge 18-wheeler truck with a tractor pulling in one direction while a trailer with a heavy load from the past is turning in the opposite direction. The likely outcome for the CHP under this scenario is a jackknifed tractor-trailer that needs to be rescued, possibly by another leader after the elections on June 12.
The CHP [Republican People’s Party] has hit several birds with one stone: Not only has it become the voice of hundreds of thousands of young men awaiting a solution to their military service woes, it has also put an end to the formula: CHP + Army = Government.
The row over the potential election of a headscarf-wearing deputy in upcoming general elections in June further heated up following opposition by Ali Bulaç, a conservative writer, to a demand by a group of women who wear headscarves, on the grounds that these women are being abused by some circles who want to corner the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
One of the richest Turkish families disapproved of Turkey?s non-deal with the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, and was not a fan of the ruling administration, according to a 2009 US diplomatic cable.
In the long run, CHP chief Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s reforms may indeed provide Turkey with a social democratic, pro-Western alternative to the present leadership.
People take a break after working at a building site at Viransehir in Urfa. Kurdish people are building their own village near Viransehir city, using the stones they cut from volcanic rocks that can be found all around. Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an umbrella organization for local Kurdish groups in southeast Turkey, and an activist, Metin Yegin, jointly organize the project. (AFP/File/Bulent Kilic)
from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne
En Turquie, il est rare que les choses soient simples. Et certains éditorialistes s?y inquiètent du contexte dans lequel le procureur Zekeriya Öz vient d?être dessaisi du dossier Ergenekon. En effet le procureur qui venait d?envoyer les journalistes Ahmet Sik et Nedim Sener en prison, provoquant un tollé bien au-delà de la Turquie, venait aussi d?impliquer le réseau Ergenekon dans l? assassinat des missionnaires de la maison d?édition Zirve à Malatya. Cela fait longtemps que les familles des victimes attendaient ça.