Mr. Erdoğan pushes for presidential system..that means it might be in the new constitution… a politics roundup

Rights, freedoms first topic for charter writing

from Hurriyet Daily News
The panel tasked with writing the draft of a new charter is set to start with the first chapter on ?rights and freedoms.

Is Turkey adopting a presidential system?

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday that Turkey could start debating..


PM joins debate on presidential system

from Hurriyet Daily News
Premier Erdoğan issues his first public pronouncements on changing to a presidential system ahead of key constitutional changes


?Merged? Ergenekon trial held in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News
The 177th hearing of the ongoing Ergenekon probe took place in an Istanbul court…


Turkey to write new constitution

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A parliamentary committee in Turkey is due to start work on the country’s first fully civilian constitution, which is expected to curb the army’s influence.

The new constitution and Protestants

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
There is nothing that prevents this government from introducing a new constitution, which has been desperately needed for such a long time. We still have our 1982 Constitution, which was introduced after a military coup. The funny thing is that today the architects of the 1980 coup are being tried for overthrowing the constitutional order and they are being tried under the very same Constitution that they themselves introduced.


Turkish military denies ?coup lecture?

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Turkish military denied media reports that military training includes lectures covering coups.


AKP members still cautious over formula to release MPs in prison

from Hurriyet Daily News
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remains skeptical of the formula, which would bring about the release of eight arrested deputies.

Military influence and Kurdish status to be tested by new constitution

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by LALE KEMAL
A parliamentary commission, comprising the four political parties represented in the Turkish Parliament, has begun as of May 1 rewriting the draft of a brand new civilian constitution after gathering all public suggestions on the new charter. The new charter is intended to replace the 1982 Constitution authored by the military junta after the bloody Sept. 12, 1980 military takeover.


Turkey Seeks To Overhaul Constitution

from Yahoo news
The new, multi-party Constitutional Reconciliation Commission met in the capital of Ankara on Monday and Tuesday to begin reworking and simplifying the country’s 30 year old constitution, a document which gives the military broad and potentially oppressive rights over individuals and minority groups.

Will Tekin run for the CHP leadership?

from Hurriyet Daily News
As the convention approaches, activity in the main opposition Republican People?s Party.

New Islamist Kurdish party to enter politics

from Hurriyet Daily News
A new Kurdish party, which describes itself as Islamist, is set to enter Turkey?s political scene

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