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CHP to Appeal MIT Act to Constitutional Court AKP missed another major chance to democratize Turkey by passing a one-article MIT Act. The act requires prosecutors to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s office before investigating or interrogating MIT operatives. Kemal Kilicdaroglu bashed the act in the starkest terms possible: “Turkey’s main opposition accused the… » read more

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Civil Society Report Summary: CHP is the Party of Organized Civil Society Civil society is a wide sphere of social organization and relations that stands between private life and state. Free individual is at the core of civil society. Civil society consists of social unions formed by free individuals with their free will. Maintaining and… » read more

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“In terms of foreign policy, many things will be different when CHP comes to power. First of all, I think putting Turkey back into the European, Euro-Atlantic fold but not as it was ten years ago is important. Turkey is a different country than it was ten years ago. The way I put it is… » read more

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Wikileaks blew into the Turkish politics like a foul wind. It is not clear whether the disparaging remakes by US diplomats would create further tensions in an already strained relationship, but allegations of corruption and cronyism are more important. So far, the accusations of the Wikileaks are not legally confirmed and I do hope that… » read more

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GLOBAL ECONOMY AND TURKEY Dear President and Members of the Council of the Socialist International, I respectfully greet all of you on behalf of my country and the CHP. I am honored to take the floor here for the first time as the leader of my Party. The time period of this meeting coincides with… » read more

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The head of the EU delegation to Ankara, Ambassador Marc Pierini, lauded the involvement of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, in the EU process over the past six months as “good news,” referring to party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s meetings with EU Commission officials.

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Hurriyet Daily News – Referring to the NATO summit and missile defense system, Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the pro-government media for presenting the NATO summit as a success for the AKP. Also, Kılıçdaroğlu recalled Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s remarks that Turkey perceived no threat from either its neighbors or from… » read more

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Turkish press The party leader visited Diyarbakır and Şanlıurfa, two prominent cities in Southeast Anatolia, over the weekend in an attempt to boost the CHP’s popularity in the region, where its support has diminished over the last decade. The head of the main opposition expressed optimism over the weekend about closer ties with the country’s… » read more

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Sabah Daily Turkey’s Opposition Party Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu met Greece Prime Minister Yorgo Papandreu on Tuesday at the meeting of the Socialist International in Paris. Kilicdaroglu asserted that CHP wants to be more active in the Socialist International activities and to host next the Socialist International meetings in Istanbul. During the meetings, the two leaders… » read more

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Hurriyet Daily News The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, who is attending a meeting of the Socialist International in the French capital of Paris, will join Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou; Martine Aubry, first secretary of the Socialist Party of France; representatives of France’s Turkish community on Monday. Kılıçdaroğlu is expected to give a… » read more

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Cumhuriyet Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu met Iraqi leader Talabani during a meeting of the Socialist International in the French capital of Paris on Monday. While Talabani asserted how much Turkey is important for Iraq, Kilicdaroglu stated the relations between two countries will be much stronger after ending the PKK problem. Kilicdaroglu asserted their… » read more

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FULYA ÖZERKAN ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News Monday, November 15, 2010 The opposition party’s Brussels representative dispatches an 18-page report to party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, briefing him about the EU executive’s annual document on the country’s progress in membership negotiations. The CHP report proposes a national reconciliation committee be established like the one in Croatia,… » read more

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Mr. Oktay Ekşi, honorary chief editor of large selling daily Hürriyet, used to be one the most senior political columnists in Turkey..until he was forced to resign from Hürriyet. His crime? He was no longer relevant? His readership declined? Contractual disputes? No, in an article about which he later apologized, he wrote that AKP deputies… » read more

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CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu spoke to NTV, one of Turkey’s premier private news channels. Kilicdaroglu announced that in Wednesday’s party caucus meeting he’ll be consulting members on the make-up of the Central Administrative Committee, CHP’s top decision making body. Kilicdaroglu was also asked his reply to PM Erdogan’s comments that “He’ll get used to politics”.… » read more

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Leader of the Opposition and the President of the CHP Mr Kilicdaroglu calls all the democrats to support his position on the constitutional amendments package put to the referendum. Please click here to view the letter of Mr Kılıçdaroğlu: http://bit.ly/bkxgEs Excerpts : The High Board for Judges and Public Prosecutors (HBJP) should be in compliance… » read more

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The CHP does not support the AKP’s efforts to change the constitution for the following two reasons: 1)A question of methodology: the need for social consensus 2)A question of principles: the CHP wants a Constitution inspired by the European democratic values. We believe that the Turkish people deserve a constitution which is new, more freedom-based,… » read more

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EU 2020, Turkey and the CHP

The European Commission’s paper “EU 2020 strategy: A European Strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth” was presented by President Barroso on March 3, 2010. Following the debates in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the report approved by the EU Council in June 2010. The priorities, targets and flagship initiatives determined by… » read more

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Turkey has recently discussed the draft constitutional amendment package prepared by the ruling party, AKP, without integrating all the parties in the Parliament in the process.

As the main opposition party, the CHP has supported for long the idea of changing the constitution with the aim of further enhancement of Turkish democracy, and shared continuously , in this regard, its stance with public.
However, the CHP will not support the AKP’s efforts to change the constitution for the following two reasons:
– A question of methodology: the need for social consensus
– A question of principles: the CHP wants a Constitution inspired by the European democratic values
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Main European references of the CHP’s stance for judicial independence and constutional amendments package is explained below in detail.

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RIZA TÜRMEN (Former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe – Strasbourg) Milliyet – February 22, 2010 The arrest of Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner has indicated dangerous dimensions of polarization in Turkey. We cannot agree on even the most basic fundamentals such as “democracy,” “independence of judiciary,” and “separation… » read more

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“We are here to discuss a constitutional amendment where the principle of separation of powers is suspended, an amendment made by the ruling party in its own kitchen, where -for the first time in the history of Turkish Republic- all the other political parties are excluded with all gates to reconciliation efforts are shut down… » read more

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