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Another moment of destiny for Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The referendum on April 16 will mark another turning point or, rather, crossroads in Turkey’s political history.

Comment(s) 4/15/2017

Things that Erdoğan’s advisers may be hesitant to say

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On April 13, just days from the constitutional referendum in Turkey, the media attack by the “yes” front reached a new peak.

Comment(s) 4/14/2017

Why all this worry if ‘Yes’ has already won?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Over the past week or so, the main theme of President Tayyip Erdoğan’s referendum campaign has transformed from promoting the benefits of the constitutional shift consolidating all executive power in presidential hands to bashing the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Comment(s) 4/13/2017

Not a very fair referendum campaign, is it?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has long complained that public broadcaster TRT is not giving sufficient coverage to his “No” rallies, ahead of the April 16 referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system as pushed by President Tayyip Erdoğan

Comment(s) 4/12/2017

Panel on coup attempt seeks reply from army, intel

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the key points in the row between President Tayyip Erdoğan and opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu ahead of the April 16 referendum campaign about whether to shift Turkey from a parliamentary to an executive presidential system has been the dark points from the foiled July 15, 2016, coup attempt in the country.

Comment(s) 4/11/2017

No to chemical massacres but OK to conventional attacks?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The U.S. strike early on April 7 on Syrian air base of Shayrat is likely to change the entire Syria equation, if not signal a new set of circumstances for the Middle East

Comment(s) 4/8/2017

Gas tragedy puts Syria’s sustainability in question

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The United Nations failed on April 6 to produce a resolution for the second time in two days regarding the Syrian gas attack on April 4, which killed at least 86, many of them children, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun near Idlib, in the northwest of the country, because of objections by Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Comment(s) 4/7/2017

The outlook 10 days ahead of Turkey’s referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Yesterday on April 5 I talked to the heads of three of Turkey’s leading polling companies about the possible outcome of the April 16 referendum on whether to shift to an executive presidential system, as targeted by President Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)

Comment(s) 4/6/2017

Turkey’s foreign relations after the referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Frankly, Turkey’s foreign relations had started to look not so bad after the first advances against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria in the framework of the Euphrates Shield operation.

Comment(s) 4/5/2017

Who’s the next target in Turkey’s referendum blame game?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

TV journalist Hakan Çelik asked an interesting question to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on private broadcaster CNN Türk in an interview on the evening of April 1: How will former President Abdullah Gül and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu vote in the referendum on April 16?

Comment(s) 4/4/2017

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