Once again, Judiciary mechanisms in Turkey become an obstacle for peace: YSK Disqualifies Pro-Kurdish Politicians From Parliamentary Election

Turkeys Kurds in uproar over election vetoes

Kurdish protesters run away from tear gas during clashes with riot police in a street demonstration on April 19, 2011 in Istanbul after Turkey’s electoral board barred prominent Kurdish candidates from standing in upcoming elections. Turkish riot police fired teargas and water cannons during pitch battles with thousands of demonstrators infuriated by the ban. (AFP/Mustafa Ozer)

Masked demostrators clash with police during ...

Masked demonstrators clash with police during a protest in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, April 19, 2011. Turkey’s main Kurdish party threatened to withdraw from June’s parliamentary election after 12 independents were barred from standing in a move sparking street clashes and an opposition appeal to recall parliament. Police fired water cannon and tear gas on demonstrators in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast as they protested the ruling. REUTERS/Stringer


They are all banned again…

Supreme Election Board is Pedestrian

by M.A.M

Until they can come up with a replacement to their childish crest, do you think YSK should be allowed to pass judgement on anything in Turkey? Mavi Boncuk |

The YSK is having a difficult time on deciding about some of these nominations due to Article 76 of the Constitution, which says those who have been convicted of participating in terrorist acts or encouraged terrorist acts are not eligible to stand in elections. The finalized lists will be printed in the Official Gazette on April 19. The Supreme Election Board (YSK) idenied 12 [1] of the parliamentary candidate nominees from various political parties will be eligible to run in the upcoming elections. They include Leyla Zana and Hatip Dicle, who were to run as independents but represent the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which is attempting to circumvent Turkey’s 10 percent election barrier by endorsing independents. The Supreme Election Board, or YSK?s, decision to cancel the candidacies of 12 independent applicants is final and can only be changed if a technical error is found, the head of Turkey?s top court said Tuesday.

Turkey Disqualifies 12 Pro-Kurdish Politicians From Parliamentary Election

The move is likely to aggravate Kurds in the country?s restive southeast who have been seeking further representation.

AK Party?s election manifesto

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan revealed his ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AK Party) election manifesto, titled ?Target 2023,? on Saturday. It aims to have Turkey rank among the world?s top 10 counties by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic.

WikiLeaks Turkey (7): Engines of new politics

?[Abdullah] Gül was sworn in at 6 p.m. local. All but the Republican People?s Party (CHP) attended the voting; CHP continued its boycott of both the vote and the swearing in. The Turkish General Staff (TGS) did not attend the swearing in.


Turkey?s political parties are owned by their leaders

On June 12 Turkey will be holding the 16th of its parliamentary elections since 1950, which can all be said to be free and fair in the main. Whether all of these elections can be regarded as truly representative is another matter.


Media Arrests Lead To AKP-Gülen Power Struggle?

by Jenny White

Gareth Jenkins writes about the arrests of journalists critical of the Gülen movement as part of a larger power struggle between PM Erdogan and the Gülen movement. He suggests that the Gülenists, through their influence in the security forces and courts, have shut down any critical media voices by accusing them of belonging to a terrorist organization  ? Ergenekon, which originally had been construed as a series of coup plots against the AKP government by rogue elements of the ?deep state?, but has since taken on the characteristics of a witch hunt (my term) against anyone critical of the Gülen movement.


Turkey?s general election: countdown to a fait accompli

by Aengus Collins

On June 12 Turkey?s electorate will go to the polls in the country?s 17th general election. In each of the last two elections, in 2002 and 2007, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) has emerged as a comfortable winner. It is all but certain to do so again this year. There are risks to this forecast, but they have diminished greatly in recent months. It remains the case that the opposition parties would not have to boost their combined performance by that great a margin to rein in the AKP, but it is more or less clear at this stage that they do not have it in them yet to raise their game sufficiently.


Turkey’s CHP adds Ergenekon suspect Cihaner to candidate list

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Ergenekon suspect and former Erzincan chief public prosecutor İlhan Cihaner will seek a place in Parliament after being handpicked by the main opposition leader.


AKP’s domestically driven foreign policy

by HDN
It is timely to observe how not all politics are local. Rather, it is foreign policy issues that have played a pivotal role in the AKP?s electoral calculations.


The economic consequences of Mr. Erdoğan

by HDN
With less than two months to go before the elections, it is appropriate to review the ruling Justice and Development Party?s economic policies.


AKP foreign policy may push Turkey into ‘dead end,’ opposition warns

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
The main opposition has hit out hard at the government’s foreign policy, warning that continuing down the same path will alienate Turkey from the rest of the world.


Turkey?s Erdogan pledges new constitution after elections

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey ? Turkey?s prime minister says his government will write a new constitution that will strengthen democracy and freedoms, if re-elected in June.

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