Constitutional referendum in Turkey: what next? CEPS Commentary, 23 September 2010

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Constitutional referendum in Turkey: what next? CEPS Commentary, 23 September 2010

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  • Turkey
  • Enlargement

Abstract

The constitutional package that was approved by Turkey's electorate in the September 12th referendum can decidedly be considered a step forward towards the drafting of a new civilian constitution, which is sorely needed for a rapidly changing, vibrant and dynamic Turkey. Nevertheless, the referendum was bitterly fought between the governing AKP and the opposition parties – CHP and the ultra nationalist MHP – both of which launched a 'no' campaign and some 42% of the population voted against it. This Commentary explores why the initiative continues to be subject to debate and criticism in some segments of the mainstream media.

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