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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
MEHMET Y. YILMAZ
Special Forces Commander Gen. Zekai Aksakallı, as a witness in the case regarding the shooting of noncommissioned officer Ömer Halisdemir, said the first measure to be taken in a crisis in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is to give the order, “No personnel to leave the barracks!”
Assessments in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reveal that there is no change in up to 9 percent of the undecided parts of the party.
While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was answering questions on private broadcaster ATV the other evening, he spoke about the proposed amendments on the constitution. In the new system, to form the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), he said,
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has previously said, “Let’s assume I will have one or two deputies. The president - me or somebody else - will have one or two deputies. When the president is abroad, then one of the two or the only one deputy will be the acting president.”
“The organization has been able to have legal arrangements done by the political authority.” This is a sentence from the indictment into the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), written by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office.
As happens before every election and referendum, a question I frequently come across is about whether the vote will be rigged. Each time I have the same answer: If you guard the voting station, nobody can cheat.
A former Turkish judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Rıza Türmen, wrote a piece titled “A 10-question guide to evaluate the constitution,” for the news website t24.com.tr, where he refers to a distinction German jurist Carl Schmitt has made between constitutions as “resilient to dictatorships and non-resilient to dictatorships.”
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım gave this answer when his opinion was asked on the dismissal of academics such as Professor İbrahim Kaboğlu whose only “political fault” was being a democrat, as well as journalist Ahmet Şık, who was imprisoned in the past by Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) judges and who is now arrested on charges of being a member of FETÖ:
“Those who are against the presidential system are wrong and unfortunately lying,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
It is often said we are a society with a short-memory. This is not totally wrong. Still, though we may all be forgetful we can always check facts in the archives.
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