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Friction between Turkey, US ahead of Trump-Erdoğan meet

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It has been revealed that both the American and the Russian military attachés were called to Turkish military headquarters in Ankara a short while before Turkish jets hit outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and northern Syria at 2 a.m. on April 25.

Comment(s) 4/28/2017

A nightmare scenario for Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The nightmare scenario starts with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) submitting a proposal to parliament to reinstate the death penalty.

Comment(s) 4/27/2017

Euro-monitoring of Turkey or the Turkish government?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reintroduced a monitoring process for Turkey on April 25, citing “serious deterioration of the functioning of democratic institutions.”

Comment(s) 4/26/2017

Journalism in difficult times

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Unfortunately, we are living in a world where journalism is not getting more difficult but more dangerous – to the extent that journalistic associations have launched an award journalists working under difficult circumstances

Comment(s) 4/25/2017

CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu: Gov’t cannot deter us from objections

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“I know what the government is trying to do,” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP), on the phone on April 21

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

The Turkish opposition’s dilemma on the referendum result

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish referendum on the presidency is over but both the legal and the political debates are continuing, despite the Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) rejection of the appeals by the opposition parties over the claims of fraud in the vote count.

Comment(s) 4/21/2017

The first survey after Turkey’s polls gives striking results

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejected the appeal of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to cancel the April 16 referendum because of fraud claims, the first public opinion poll following the referendum, which approved the replacement of the parliamentarian system with an executive presidential model, has provided interesting results regarding the profile of voters in Turkey.

Comment(s) 4/20/2017

Controversy over Turkish referendum grows

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Controversy over the Turkish referendum results on April 16 are growing, as the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) appealed to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on April 18 to annul the entire vote due to the board’s decision to accept unstamped ballots as valid during the voting procedure

Comment(s) 4/19/2017

The most controversial vote in Turkey in years

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A relative of mine was an observer of a vote count at an Istanbul ballot box for the April 16 referendum on whether to shift Turkey from a parliamentary system to an executive presidential one. As she later told me, the count resulted in 275 “No” and 84 “Yes” votes

Comment(s) 4/18/2017

An exhausting victory for Erdoğan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan announced his narrow win for the constitutional shift from a parliamentary to an executive system as a result of the April 16 referendum, representing a radical change in Turkey’s administrative regime.

Comment(s) 4/17/2017

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