AKP Archive

  • Turkey’s ‘Free Syrian Army’ Troubles

    Turkey’s ‘Free Syrian Army’ Troubles

    September 6, 2012 by H.A. Unver http://fikraforum.org/?p=2644 On August 20, a car bomb went off in the southern Turkish province of Gaziantep on the Syrian border, killing 9 civilians, including 4 children. The Turkish government blamed the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group on the U.S. Department of State’s foreign terrorist organizations list, for [...]

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  • Turkey’s “Deep-State” and the Ergenekon Conundrum

    Turkey’s “Deep-State” and the Ergenekon Conundrum

    “Ergenekon” is the name given to arguably the most important legal process in Turkish history in which around 100 suspects are charged with aiming to topple the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) through a military coup. The legal indictment infers that these suspects are in fact a part of a wider network of individuals [...]

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  • AKP, discourse polarization and party discipline

    AKP, discourse polarization and party discipline

    When analyzed in isolation, the Justice and Development Party’s, or AKP, recent taunts of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, and the Doğan Media Group may appear like the ruling party’s pursuit of corruption allegations. However the party’s decision to dig new argumentative trenches on different fronts may point towards different problems concerning party discipline [...]

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  • Evolved Islamists versus unevolved secularists

    Evolved Islamists versus unevolved secularists

    The secularist camp in Turkey has never functioned under the threat and restrictions of the military, judiciary or academia. Thus it was never forced to evolve, change and improve http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/h.php?news=evolved-islamists-versus-unevolved-secularists-2008-07-22 Tuesday, July 22, 2008 It is becoming increasingly popular to view Turkey as a country that suffers from multiple-personality disorder. The “two Turkeys” analogy, frequently [...]

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  • Will the Turkish Constitutional Court Ban the AKP?

    Will the Turkish Constitutional Court Ban the AKP?

    On March 14, Turkey’s chief prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, filed a case with the country’s Constitutional Court asking it to shut down the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and ban seventy-one of its members from seeking elected office for five years. He accused the party of spearheading “anti-secular activities” in violation of the Turkish constitution. [...]

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  • Cabinet, President, Referendum: Turkey’s Complex Political Calendar

    Cabinet, President, Referendum: Turkey’s Complex Political Calendar

    The new parliament’s first order of business will be securing a vote of confidence for the AKP’s new cabinet. Then the legislature will face the constitutional mandate of electing a new president, an executive post with important prerogatives such as appointing judges to the secular constitutional court. But while the Turkish parliament prepares to elect [...]

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  • July 2007 Turkish Elections: Winners and Fault Lines

    July 2007 Turkish Elections: Winners and Fault Lines

    In the wake of a May 2007 presidential election crisis and subsequent political stalemate — punctuated by massive public rallies and intervention by both the judiciary and the military — Turkey called for early parliamentary elections to be held in July 2007. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which consolidated its hold on various [...]

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