Today in the election process. AKP’s election manifesto announced, CHP nominates another Ergenekon defendant. A roundup

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures to the audience after announcing his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election manifesto in Ankara April 16, 2011. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. The AKP has pledged to strive for a stronger economy and has set goals for 2023, which marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

‘CHP grass roots wanted Ergenekon deputy candidates’
Today’s Zaman
Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Gürsel Tekin has said his party’s grass roots are not uncomfortable with the nomination of suspects in the case of Ergenekon, a shadowy network that prosecutors say plotted to overthrow the government,

AK Party moving forward or going backward? by Markar Esayan
Today’s Zaman
I still believe the country is at an important threshold and the established order and its manifestations like Ergenekon and its cells in the bureaucracy and military have not been completely defeated. For this reason, I am nervously watching the

WikiLeaks Turkey (6): Spotlight on Abdullah Gül

Ever since the transformation of the ?National View? (Milli Görüş) from initially rather radical Islamic roots, one figure came to the fore as the ?engine of change.?

Candidate lists show İstanbul will be heart of election race
Today’s Zaman
Deputy candidate lists recently submitted by political parties to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) have shown that İstanbul will be the heart of this year’s parliamentary elections, with party leaders and their top officials running in the elections

CHP?s candidate list sparks new crises

Among the candidate lists of the political parties, that of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) attracted the most attention because it excluded many old CHP figures from the party and included several suspects in the ongoing Ergenekon case.


AK Party relies on its achievements, not candidates

by Adem Yavuz Arslan
There are significant changes in the candidate lists of all the parties. A total of 167 deputies were excluded from the candidate list of the AK Party.


Is parliamentary membership a career?

by Erdal Şafak Sabah
In the 2007 general elections 67.45 percent of Parliament was replaced. This figure was much higher in the general elections of 2002 with 89.09 percent. This is because the public buried the coalition parties had that dragged Turkey into an economic crisis at the ballot box.


What will Europe say to a CHP united with Ergenekon?

The arrests of Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık have received very harsh criticism from the West. At a time when the negative atmosphere regarding the detentions has reached a peak, the European Parliament adopted a report in which it expressed concern about freedom of the press in Turkey, referring directly to these two journalists.


Reflections on candidate lists

As Turkey?s political parties submitted their candidate lists for the June 12 general elections to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) after keeping the candidate hopefuls, as well as the nation, in suspense for several months, many have begun to comment on them and draw some conclusions on how party leaders formed their lists.

Demirel inspires the CHP

In an article published before the parliamentary candidate lists of parties were announced, I wrote: ?On the evening of April 11, the real shocks will come from the Republican People?s Party (CHP). Then, we will learn what the ?real CHP? is and how the process of sending Deniz Baykal away should be analyzed. We will finally understand what really happened at the CHP.?

Kurtulmuş slams parties nominating Ergenekon suspects

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Numan Kurtulmuş, leader of the People?s Voice Party, or HSP, criticized Turkey?s main opposition and nationalist parties that nominated Ergenekon suspects for protecting them against possible judicial processes.

Former Turkish president denies consultany role with CHP

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Former Turkish President Süleyman Demirel has rejected recent media reports that the CHP asked for his views while preparing its parliamentary candidates list.

Appealing to nationalist constituents, not CoE

When the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won the election in 2002 and became the ruling party, everyone had different expectations. The deep state and its partners believed these ?ignorant villagers? couldn?t manage the economy. They wanted to blame Erdoğan for the failure. So, with the help of Deniz Baykal, obstacles in front of Erdoğan to become a deputy and prime minister were removed.

Elections and beyond

We are facing parliamentary elections in two months and the political atmosphere in Turkey has become exciting thanks to campaign preparations by the various political parties.

CHP and center-right

by HDN
The leftist reorientation in the CHP, which has been launched by some names in the CHP party assembly and by the party reports, has been harmed by the center-right nominees.

Turkey’s AKP, CHP race to promise social improvements

by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
Social policies focusing on the improvement of people’s quality of life will likely be the focal points of this year’s general election campaign in Turkey.

THE CORRIDOR – CHP needing Kurdish votes to reach 30 percent target

by HDN
Turkey?s political parties have finalized their deputy candidate lists for the June 12 general elections, and the nominees from the southeast give clues about their goals in the regions.


Turkey’s CHP, MHP make bid to win center-right votes

by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
In a tactical move ahead of the June elections, Turkey’s two main opposition parties have nominated center-right candidates in a bid to win votes from the ruling AKP.


Introducing the new Turkish Parliament

by HDN
Political parties have just declared their candidates for the upcoming general elections. Thus we had a chance to get a sense of how the new Turkish Parliament will be.

CHP leader touts Turkish party’s ‘revolutionary’ candidate list

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
The main opposition’s list for the June 12 election is a ‘revolutionary’ one, dominated by youth and women nominees, the CHP chief said Tuesday.

Woman with scarf won?t make it to parliament

from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink

ISTANBUL ? Turkey?s governing party AKP put a woman with a headscarf on the list of candidates for the upcoming general elections. However the woman is a candidate in Antalya, where she stands no chance of being elected. This way the AKP avoids a fuss in parliament: the headscarf is unwelcome in the Turkish parliament

Necmettin Erbakan

by acturca

The Daily Telegraph (London, UK)

Monday, April 10, 2011

Necmettin Erbakan, the former Turkish prime minister who died on February 27 aged 84, was his country?s most prominent Islamic politician, and an intellectual father to many key figures in the dominant party of the last decade, the incumbent AKP.

Ibrahim Tatlises: from hospital to politics (

Election Slate: Only Muslim Men Need Apply

by Jenny White

The parties have published their slates for the the June national elections. In AKP, Erdogan has consolidated his cadre, pushing out the remaining National View (Islamist) voices in favor of younger, educated men who have demonstrated their loyalty. Two of them are former heads of the party?s youth branches. One-fifth of the AKP?s 550 candidates are legal experts, in line with the government?s upcoming push to rewrite the constitution according to what the news article (here) called a more ?libertarian? approach. Libertarian has a very specific connotation in the US, referring to a rather radical belief in individual liberty, small government, and minimal regulation that puts the citizen almost off the grid. Kind of back to a largely fictional era of self-reliance, the Wild West where government never interfered (even in regulating pornography) or assisted people with things like subsidized mortgages and Medicare. A totally hands-off government. Somehow I find that hard to imagine in Turkey. What was the Turkish word they translated as ?libertarian??

Les partis turcs dévoilent leurs candidats pour les prochaines législatives

by acturca

Agence France Presse, 11 avril 2011

Nicolas Cheviron

Les partis turcs ont transmis lundi à l?instance de contrôle des élections leurs listes de candidats pour les prochaines législatives, prévues le 12 juin, un scrutin pour lequel le parti islamo-conservateur au pouvoir part favori.

Why are people saying ?AK Party again??

How come people are saying the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is going to win again in the election with around 50 percent of votes and become the ruling party?

Ergenekon suspects to affect the MHP not CHP

by Emre Aköz Sabah
No matter whom it nominates, a certain segment of society will vote for the Republican People?s Party (CHP) as they are the conservatives of Turkey. Of all the major parties, the CHP is the one that receives the least number of votes from swing voters in every election.



by Yigal Schleifer
A new Economist article points out why for Kurdish politicians in Turkey this summer’s parliamentary elections might different than previous ones. As the article points out, this time around campaigning in Kurdish will be allowed, while the existence of a new Kurdish-language state-run television station and the arrival of several private Kurdish television and radio stations could also change the political landscape.


Erdoğan?s choices

by Fikret Bila Milliyet
It is understood that Prime Minister Erdoğan sees the 2011 general elections as being very critical. It will be easier for Erdoğan to try to switch to the presidential system in Turkey if his party emerges stronger from the elections.

Turkey and its Kurds: South by south-east | The Economist

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