Turkey?s newly elected first ombudsman, Mehmet Ömeroğlu, under fire… Immunities row now… Politics roundup…

Ombudsman alla Turca

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Parliament elected its first ombudsman, or public inspector, last week on Nov. 27, sparking a new debate on his eligibility.

Ombudsman under fire for his verdict on Dink

from Hurriyet Daily News
Pressure is mounting for Turkey?s newly elected first ombudsman to resign amid criticism from the family

Lifting immunities a dead-end, Gül warns

from Hurriyet Daily News
The president calls for progress in the right direction instead of revisiting past mistakes by stripping MPs? immunity, telling the BDP not to praise terror

AKP crack on immunity row

from Hurriyet Daily News
One of the government?s leading Kurdish MPs has vowed to oppose his party?s move to strip opposition MPs of their immunity for chatting with militants

AKP may leave key vote to each MP, says Arınç

from Hurriyet Daily News
Following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s remarks with regard to abolishing political immunities

Has the AKP shelved ?coup cleansing??

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has completed its 10th year.

AKP proposes its version of presidential system

from Hurriyet Daily News
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has suggested a ?Turkified.


CHP warm, BDP cool to PM?s words on PKK members? exile

from Hurriyet Daily News
CHP leader backs PM?s words on sending PKK members on exile in case they lay down arms, while the BDP.

Turkey?s Diminutive Democracy

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 19, 2012, 4 p. Ilter Turan * It seems that all elements of democracy are present in Turkey but many not at sufficient levels to call that country a fully functioning democracy. There are a number of democracy and human rights-related areas in which Turkey?s performance has


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