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Old 10th January 2016, 17:33   #1 (permalink)
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Another Election Possible

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is looking to take a new constitution that involves switching Turkey's parliamentary system to a presidential system to a referendum in the fall, and the party might seek a snap election if it fails in this endeavor, according to political observers.

The AK Party wants a Constitutional Reconciliation Commission to be established in Parliament to prepare the new constitution in six months.

A Constitutional Reconciliation Commission with representatives from all parliamentary parties was established for the first time following the 2011 general elections. It reached an agreement on 60 articles of the new constitution. The new Constitutional Reconciliation Commission is expected to add articles to those 60 within the six-month period. If the number of articles on which the parties agrees reaches 100, this will have strengthened the hand of the AK Party, say analysts.

The AK Party, which received around 50 percent of the nationwide vote in the snap election held on Nov. 1, is sure that it will take the new constitution to a referendum. An AK Party deputy who requested anonymity told Sunday's Zaman that the AK Party sees a potential rise in its 50 percent share of vote in future elections, while the popularity of the opposition parties is dwindling.

"In one year, the constitution will have been changed, and we will have adopted a presidential system. We believe this demand of the president [for a switch to a presidential system] will be met by our people," said the AK Party deputy.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose post is largely ceremonial under the current parliamentary system of Turkey, wants to enjoy more executive powers as president. In the run-up to the June 7 general elections, he asked the people to vote at least 400 AK Party deputies into Parliament so that the party could press ahead with the necessary constitutional amendments for a regime change. Erdoğan, who is constitutionally required to be impartial, attracted widespread criticism for campaigning for the AK Party.

For constitutional reform proposals, the signatures of 184 deputies are required. The AK Party has 317 deputies now, and it can make such proposals alone. The AK Party is expected to propose a change in constitution for a switch to a presidential system to the Parliament's Constitution Commission. The AK Party's majority in the commission makes it possible for its proposals to be sent to Parliament's floor.

According to the scenario in the AK Party ranks, if the AK Party fails to get the necessary support from the opposition parties to take a new constitution to referendum, it will challenge the opposition parties with the possibility of a snap election. The AK Party also thinks it could get support from some opposition deputies, particularly from those who are unlikely to be nominated by their parties again. If the AK Party can get the support of at least 14 opposition deputies, it will be possible for it to put the new constitution to a referendum because the support of 330 deputies is needed for such a move.

If such a scenario does not play out, the AK Party, based on its numerical majority in Parliament, will be able to start the process in Parliament for a snap vote. According to AK Party ranks, it is very likely that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) would remain below the election threshold in a snap vote.

These parties barely passed the 10 percent election threshold in the Nov.1 election.

It is expected that the AK Party could win as many as 330 even 367 seats in Parliament in a snap election, which would enable the party to draft a new constitution by itself. But even if the AK Party did see 367 of its deputies stand in Parliament, it would still take the new constitution to a public referendum, according to party circles.

AK Party may resort to snap election to change constitution
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Sounds like the EU making countries vote again until they get the right answer. . . (Think Eire for one.)
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The old Irish - Vote early & vote often"!!
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Sounds like the EU making countries vote again until they get the right answer. . . (Think Eire for one.)
Thats what I was thinking as I read it, also, he just keeps changing all the rules to give himself more power. Democracy?? referendum????? dont make me laugh, that'll go the same way as the elections, exactly which way he wants it to go. It really is laughable and in my experience, most Turks are unable to see the wood for the trees.


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... in my experience, most Turks are unable to see the wood for the trees.
I think the problem for Turks is that unless they speak and read any other language, they have to take what is put in front of them as the way it is. As we speak the language of the Internet, our views tend to be a bit wider, and much more cynical.

But it seemed after the last election that many were not convinced they needed a more powerful President. If it does not come out right this next time, how many more times can he ask the same question?

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Rather than put effort into fighting Daesh after supposedly four Daesh bombs against the people of Turkey and guests of Turkey, Erdogan still feels the need and prefer to increase his attacks in the southeast ,stirring more calls for Independance .All for the nationalist vote and to rid the HDP from the senate.

How many Turks/Kurds and guests of Turkey have to be sacrificed for one mans unwavering egotistical play for super Presidential powers and Islamic consitution ?????

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After the latest attack on Istanbul, why is Turkey still making it difficult for the West to defeat Isis?


Losing Turkey as an ally could make life more complicated for the US, but Turkey is no longer the asset it once was. Instead, it has become a liability and a destabilising actor in the region
Turkey suffered another terrorist attack in six months this week at the hands of Isis jihadists who struck Istanbul. That was their fourth attack in six months and comes as Turkey’s strongman President Recip Tayyip Erdogan intensifies his war on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought the state for political and human rights for the country’s beleaguered twenty million Kurds.

Turkey can hurt Isis when it wants to. It has, ostensibly, killed 200 Isis jihadists in response to Tuesday's suicide attack - but this comes after the fourth terrorist attack it has suffered in six months, and almost two years since the international community launched its own campaign against Isis.

Rather than launch a serious campaign against the terrorist group, as the West and the international community have called upon him to do, Erdogan remains focused on the PKK, which continued the tit-for-tat conflict by striking a police HQ last night and killed six people.

That is because Erdogan is in electioneering mode: targeting the PKK and marginalising the Kurds allows Erdogan to divide the country and rally the nationalist vote ahead of a proposed referendum that could grant him greater powers and the chance to become a modern-day Sultan.




It has also revitalised Kurdish nationalism in Turkey and the previously moribund PKK. Having once advocated peace with the PKK and even criticising the logic of using force to defeat the group, Erdogan now wants to destroy the Kurds’ capacity to mobilise by conducting what Human Rights Watch describes as an indiscriminate military campaign against Kurdish towns and cities.

Erdogan will, therefore, go as far as it takes to expand his powers - even if that means more war and bloodshed.


There is plenty the West can do. In the short-term, it must force a ceasefire and mediate a peace process, such as the settlement put forward in 2013 but that quickly unravelled. Turkey must also be pushed to lift its embargo on Rojava, where Kurdish towns and cities require urgent humanitarian assistance. Lifting this embargo will alleviate the humanitarian crisis and, therefore, the refugee flow into Europe.

For all that to happen the West needs to force Turkey into action. That requires threatening Turkey with expulsion from NATO if it fails to pursue a peaceful settlement. Expulsion from NATO makes sense from a Western security perspective since Erdogan’s personal ambitions have transformed Turkey into anything but an indispensable ally over the past decade.


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