PARTIAL ANNULMENT ON WAY TO ECHR
Civil Solidarity Platform, which represents 402 NGOs, is getting prepared to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The platform's head Ayhan Ogan said that he would file a case with the ECHR against Turkey's Constitutional Court's decision on the amendment package.
"We want to intervene as the present scene concerns us. The decision is against the principle of separation of powers," Ogan said.
ECONOMY LESSON TO D-8 COUNTRIES
President Abdullah Gul, who attended the D-8 Summit in Nigeria, hugged his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and had a chat for a while. Speaking at the opening of the summit afterwards, Gul particularly called for cooperation in economy.
"YES", WHERE WERE WE?
Civil society has started its campaign on the referendum. A total of 402 NGOs, all having different opinions, got together for a "Strong Yes" campaign after Constitutional Court's decision. Democratic mass organizations, which convened under the roof of Civil Solidarity Platform, will tour all provinces to tell everybody that the referendum is a chance to get rid of the coup constitution of September 12.
EU: POSITIVE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION
The European Union (EU), which has supported the constitutional amendment package since the beginning, described Constitutional Court's approving the package with only minor changes as a "positive step". A written statement released by EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fuele's spokesperson said the package that was approved by the court focused on numerous issues mentioned in EU's progress reports and accession partnership documents.
"BE WISE" WARNING TO EU
U.S. President Barack Obama criticized the European Union (EU) that kept Turkey waiting in membership negotiations, and said Ankara's membership would be wise.
IT VOTED ITS OWN ESTEEM, AND LOST
The Constitutional Court, which debated the constitutional amendment package regarding the merits of the case, made it a habit to influence the national will. Thus, the court drew reactions. Constitution jurists said the Constitutional Court, which was usurping authority, had lost esteem.
WE SHOULD MAKE MORE COOPERATION
President Abdullah Gul, speaking at the D-8 summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, made human rights, democracy and climate change calls to all countries. Gul said developing countries should have closer cooperation.
EU PLEASED MOST
Neither the ruling party nor the opposition was pleased with Constitutional Court's decision, however, the European Union (EU) said that "it still believed in the package" and called on the Turkish nation to vote "yes" in the referendum.
Making a speedy assessment on Constitutional Court's decision, the European Commission, which acts as the EU's government, said the union still believed after such a ruling that the constitutional amendment package was a positive step.
IMPLICIT CRITICISM FROM GUL TO BASBUG
President Abdullah Gul criticized General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, without mentioning his name, for his recent remarks in which the general said that the situation (regarding the fight against terrorism) was "inexplicable". Speaking to reporters on his way to Nigeria, Gul said terrorist acts were discussed in a detailed way at the National Security Council and important decisions were taken, however, such decisions could not be made public.
"Revealing details after a decision is taken will affect the fight," he said
NOBODY LIKES IT
Kadir Ozbek, the deputy chairman of the Supreme Board of Judges & Prosecutors (HSYK), said the executive body would continue to have an influence on the judiciary with Constitutional Court's decision that partially annulled the constitutional amendment package.
Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin defined the decision as "usurpation of authority", whereas the Republican People's Party (CHP) said the parliament speaker had forgotten that he had to be impartial and should not spoke as a Justice & Development (AK) Party member.
RECOVERY WILL BE SLOW
Durmus Yilmaz, the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, said that global economies had had a slowdown tendencies in recent months. Yilmaz warned that the recovery in Turkish economy would be slow and gradual.
REFERENDUM FEVER IN POLITICS
Three fronts have occurred after the decision of the Constitutional Court that partially annulled the constitutional amendment package. The Justice & Development (AK) Party, Felicity Party (SP) and the Grand Unity Party (BBP) have launched initiatives to enable a positive result in the referendum. Justice & Development (AK) Party deputy chairman Huseyin Celik said the decision was fairly positive. Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said they would vote against the referendum, whereas Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli also said they would say 'no' in referendum. The Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) is getting prepared for a boycott.
DOORS OPEN TO ARMENIANS
Residents of eastern province of Van have opened their doors to the Armenians who will come to their city to attend a religious mass at the Akdamar Church on September 19.
IF EU EXCLUDES THEM, TURKEY WILL LOOK AT ANOTHER SIDE
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to an Italian newspaper. Obama said Turkey should be admitted as a full member to the European Union (EU). Obama said if Turkey felt excluded, it would be natural for the country to look at some other alliance alternatives. Obama said even though the United States was not a member of the EU, it had, from the outset, argued that it would be a wise act to admit Turkey to EU.
Obama said he did not think that the unwillingness in Europe was not the main factor in change of shift observed in Turkey. The U.S. president said he thought it was related with internal dialectic of democracy in Turkey. According to Obama, what the world was observing in Turkey was a democratic confrontation. Obama said however that confrontation would affect the perspective of Turkish people on Europe.
REFERENDUM IS NOT VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, said, "I know many people who will vote 'yes' in the referendum although they are not AK Party supporters. Let's assume that 60 percent cast votes in favor of the referendum. This will not be votes in favor of AK Party."
GUL ANGRY AT BASBUG
President Abdullah Gul harshly criticized General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, who said "We are out of words" while describing the point Turkey has reached in its fight against terrorist organization PKK.
"He is involved in this process as well. Therefore, talking frankly will not make any contributions to the fight. Making public the details while state organs have all taken a joint decision on such matter will affect the success of the fight. If messages are to be given, they should be released in a coordinated way," Gul said.
Members of Constitutional Court were invited to the critical decision meeting they held secretly on Wednesday via messengers who came to their houses Tuesday evening, not by phone calls.
Turkey was only informed about Constitutional Court's 9.5-hour meeting on the referendum package in the afternoon on Wednesday when the decision was made public. Because, such a critical meeting was held under a unique confidentiality procedure which has not been implemented before.
EU SHOULD NOT LOSE TURKEY
U.S. President Barack Obama said that Turkey should become a full member to the European Union (EU). In an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Obama called on the EU to act wisely and not to lose Turkey. Expressing Turkey's strategic importance, Obama also said the country could be a role model associating Islam with democracy.
BOTH OF THEM ARE COURTS
When the Constitutional Court of Turkey "usurped national will" and caused chaos in Ankara, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision strengthening national will.
Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin defined Constitutional Court's decision to partially annul the constitutional amendment package as "usurpation of authority", and said, "the Constitutional Court assumed itself as the parliament." Also, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli defined the court decision as "usurpation of authority."
When the Constitutional Court made such a decision, the ECHR paved the way for Turkish citizens living abroad to cast votes in elections from the countries they are living in. This decision will enable 2.5 million Turkish electors living abroad to participate in national will.
HERE IS DOCUMENT OF "BACKYARD"
Phone talk records of a mayor from the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) with PKK terrorists have been revealed.
During a phone talk with a PKK terrorist who says "it is your fault if we lose the municipality", Igdir's Mayor Mehmet Ali Gunes, who was arrested within the framework of KCK operation, said, "I know, but you should remind it to me from time to time."
Regarding the KCK operation which was criticized, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "they (BDP) have become the backyard of PKK."