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They could have prevented the coup

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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!”

Comment(s) 3/23/2017

Ruling this country after the vote

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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.

Comment(s) 3/22/2017

The president does not fully know it either

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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,

Comment(s) 3/16/2017

Appointed vice-president with presidential powers

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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.”

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

Where is the political leg of the Gülenists?

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

“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.

Comment(s) 3/10/2017

Guarding the ballot box

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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.

Comment(s) 3/3/2017

What if someone you do not want is elected?

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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.”

Comment(s) 3/2/2017

The legal proceedings the PM calls ‘not quite faultless’

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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:

Comment(s) 2/25/2017

Power in one hand

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

“Those who are against the presidential system are wrong and unfortunately lying,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

Comment(s) 2/22/2017

Impossible to forecast Turkey’s referendum

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

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.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

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