Oath-taking crisis over [so what was that about?] a Politics roundup…

Oath-taking standoff over, charter is next from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News Parliament gears up to discuss a new constitution after opposition deputies reach agreement with the ruling party and take the oath of office We have agreed with Turkish officials to form peace council: Öcalan from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Radikal … Read more

Towards elections: TÜSİAD comes back to political stage with a draft constitution

  TÜSİAD formulates draft constitution by YAVUZ BAYDAR Will the people of Turkey manage to mobilize for preparing and adopting a democratic constitution? The question is vital in what Ümit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), calls ?the watershed elections? approach.   I vote for TÜSİAD?s constitution by KERİM BALCI We … Read more

TESEV: Impartial judiciary, most media go hand in hand

full text of TESEV’s report in Turkish can be found here.

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“Turkey’s New Constitutional Amendment Bill

One has to wait and see if this is another PR shot or a substantive move. Usual suspects oppose: high judiciary, main opposition parties…

Turkey’s New Constitutional Amendment Bill (PDF in Turkish)

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkey’s government on Monday announced plans to amend several articles of the constitution, a legacy of the 1980 coup, arguing that the changes would make it more democratic and strengthen the country’s bid to join the European Union. Opposition parties criticized the Islamic-rooted government for trying to increase its political clout over the secular judiciary. The changes would increase the number of Constitutional Court justices to 16 and give parliament the power to appoint three of them. Another measure would hand the appointment of some key prosecutors and judges to the parliament and the president instead of an autonomous judiciary body.

This could be the only end game before the general elections.

FACTBOX-Turkey’s contentious constitutional reform project | Reuters

Turkish constitutional reform plans anger judges | World news | guardian.co.uk

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