Towards elections: MEP candidate lists announced. A roundup
Nabi Avcı is one of the candidates from AKP. Follow the link for the other candidates

Mr. Avcı is my very first professor in my academic career. He was one of our faculty members and one of the most loved ones, before he became an advisor for PM Erdoğan. I wish the latter had listened to Mr. Avcı more. He is such a wise man. I hope he will do better as a MEP….

Turkeys Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media at his ruling Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer


Election 24 Candidates CHP | AK Parti | MHP

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CHP’s candidate test
Turkish Press
It has been claimed that Republican People’s Party (CHP), which is planning to carry Ergenekon suspects to the parliament, has also started a secret election alliance with Peace & Democracy Party (BDP). According to this formula, CHP will announce

Candidates holding their breath

This week is likely to be

WikiLeaks Turkey (4): Any coup ahead?

In the spring of 2003, Şenkal Atasagun, then-director of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), met with a group of journalists in Ankara over lunch. He informed them off the record to ?keep an eye on the 1st Army [in İstanbul]. They are preparing a coup over there??

one of the most exciting ones for Turkey ahead of the elections slated for June 12. All political parties are expected to announce their candidate lists for the elections today.


Turkey’s main opposition CHP sheds skin, revamps image

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News Parliament Bureau
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has left his mark on his party?s candidate list for the upcoming deputy elections by leaving out the old guns and bringing in fresh faces.


“Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block must be Continued”

BİA Project Coordinator Kürkçü is the Mersin MP candidate for the Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block affiliated to the Peace and Democracy Party for the general elections in June. Read here the first part of an interview with Kürkçü held by bianet reporter Nilay Vardar.

Possible election of jailed suspects jeopardizes future of cases
Today’s Zaman
The nomination of suspects who are currently standing trial in the ongoing Ergenekon, Sledgehammer and Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trials by opposition parties has kicked off a series of debates. Although the parties were still expected to submit

Tied Up in Knots

by Yigal Schleifer

Eurasianet’s Nicholas Birch has a great piece up about an initiative in Turkey to get headscarved women on the ballot for the upcoming parliamentary elections. From his article:

Ibrahim Tatlises candidat à Urfa (mais pas AKP). Pourvu qu?il soit prudent cette fois

by anne


Il est vraiment incroyable cet IBO. Alors qu?il y a moins d?un mois Urfa pleurait en apprenant qu?il avait reçu une balle de kalachnikov dans la tête, voilà qu?il y annonce sa candidature aux élections législatives du 12 Juin prochain.


Excitement over candidate lists

By the time you read this newspaper, Turkey?s political parties will have announced their candidate lists for the general elections on June 12.


CHP can?t cut ties with roots

Erik-Jan Zürcher has a book titled ?The Unionist Factor: The Role of the Committee of Union and Progress in the Turkish National Movement 1905-1926.? It contains compelling information about the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.


Turkification of Kurdish politics

The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has announced the candidates it will support in the upcoming parliamentary elections. There are two elements that stand out in the candidate lists. The first element is the BDP deputies that have been excluded from the list.

New Parliament, new constitution

The June 12 general elections, in which about 15,000 candidates from 24 political parties will compete to become deputies to the 550-member Turkish Parliament, will mark the beginning of a long process to rewrite a brand-new civilian constitution. This is intended to replace the 1982 military-dictated Constitution.

What was the AK Party?s vote in 2002?

by Mustafa Karaalioğlu Star
Let?s not forget that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which will be very disappointed if it receives only 40 percent of the national vote in the June 12 elections, first came to power in 2002 with 34.5 percent of the vote.

Deep state to seek vote from the public

by Gülay Göktürk Bugün
When Süheyl Batum from the Republican People?s Party?s (CHP) had first suggested that some Ergenekon suspects may be nominated by the CHP to enter Parliament, I said,? No, this cannot happen.?

Scarf-wearing deputy and debate

by Nazlı Ilıcak Sabah
I would not step into the debate about deputies wearing the headscarf because the issue may be boring some people already; however, Zaman daily columnist Ali Bulaç made the issue take on a different dimension.


New CHP, new names

by HDN
Even though the CHP might not be a ‘new CHP,’ the list of candidates was definitely a new one, even if it was drafted with the old method.


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