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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has delivered his appreciation of the pro-referendum stance taken by the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on the issue of switching to presidential system, as his party is preparing to submit a draft charter to the parliament, which will be highlighted by the proposal of the system shift
Lawmakers and ministers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will gather for a three-day annual consultation meeting to clarify a road map for constitutional changes that will include the imposition of a presidential system amid a post-coup purge.
The government may try to change the election law along with the new constitution, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Mustafa Elitaş has said, without detailing whether this change would also decrease the much-criticized 10 percent threshold.
The Turkish state is “deadlocked” and “on the verge of crisis,” Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said, in response to criticism over his suggestion that the government’s constitutional changes, which include a shift to a presidential system, should be brought to a public vote.
A former police chief and interior minister, Mehmet Ağar, has told a parliamentary commission investigating the July 15 coup attempt that all illegal organizations, like the Gülenist network, have had links with foreign intelligence services.
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) will form youth branches in mosques in order to prevent youth from joining religious movements that “spoil Islam,” such as the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
Commenting on women who died on the night of the thwarted July 15 military coup attempt, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has said “Turkish women know how to die like a man.”
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Gaziantep lawmaker Ümit Özdağ has been referred to the party’s disciplinary committee, according to a statement issued by the head of the committee, Halil Öztürk, on Oct. 20, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has announced that the party will march toward Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on Oct. 29, despite an Ankara Governor’s Office prohibition on all public gatherings until the end of November.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again declared his opposition to interest rates, stating that earning via interest is “a tool of exploitation.”
A former head of the army who vocally opposed the Gülenist network and who was imprisoned on fabricated evidence at the alleged behest of the group failed to attend a parliamentary commission set to investigate the July 15 coup attempt, which was blamed on the community, due to health reasons