Justice and Development Party http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27752/all en UPDATE 1-Turkish PM changes four ministers in cabinet reshuffle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-1-turkish-pm-changes-four-ministers-cabinet-reshuffle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Reshuffle had been expected after party congress</p> <p>* Close Erdogan allies appointed</p> <p>* Erdogan expected to stand in presidential election (Adds details and context)</p> <p>By Gulsen Solaker</p> <p>ANKARA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan replaced his interior, tourism, health, and education ministers with close allies on Thursday in a long-awaited cabinet reshuffle ahead of an election cycle starting next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-1-turkish-pm-changes-four-ministers-cabinet-reshuffle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:15:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738926 at http://www.globalpost.com Erdogan to seek referendum on Turkey constitution if no deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/erdogan-seek-referendum-turkey-constitution-if-no-deal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ANKARA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would seek a referendum on changes to the constitution, expected to include the creation of an executive presidency, if no deal is reached with the opposition within two months.</p> <p>Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since his AK Party first came to power in 2002, is widely viewed as wanting to become the head of state in a newly constituted executive presidency at elections due next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/erdogan-seek-referendum-turkey-constitution-if-no-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:04:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741598 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Erdogan says can seek referendum on Turkey constitution if no deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-erdogan-says-can-seek-referendum-turkey-constitution-i <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Erdogan seen as coveting executive presidency</p> <p>* Signals March deadline for commission to reach agreement</p> <p>* Opposition fear Erdogan would accumulate too much power (Adds details, quotes)</p> <p>ANKARA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he will take proposed constitutional reforms, expected to include the creation of an executive presidency, directly to parliament and if necessary to the people if no deal can be reached by April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-erdogan-says-can-seek-referendum-turkey-constitution-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Tayyip Erdogan Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:30:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741625 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco's ruling Islamists target risky reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/moroccos-ruling-islamists-target-risky-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Morocco's ruling Islamists are pushing ahead with much-needed reforms, notably of an unsustainable subsidies system and pension fund, to plug the hole in its budget, at the risk of alienating key supporters.</p> <p>A year after coming to power, the moderate Justice and Development Party (PJD) of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane is battling sharp inflation and deteriorating public finances.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/moroccos-ruling-islamists-target-risky-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abdelilah Benkirane Justice and Development Party Muslim Brotherhood Politics Technology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:45:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744470 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey tells US envoy to stop meddling in its affairs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/turkey-tells-us-envoy-stop-meddling-its-affairs-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkey bluntly told the US ambassador on Thursday to stop meddling in its domestic affairs after he fired off a strident attack on the country's justice system.</p> <p>"Ambassadors should mind their own business. They should stay away from assessments that mean interference in Turkey's judiciary and domestic affairs," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/turkey-tells-us-envoy-stop-meddling-its-affairs-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Justice and Development Party Politics Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Technology War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:46:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749076 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey to clear IMF debt by May: Erdogan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/turkey-clear-imf-debt-may-erdogan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkey is set to make a "clean break" with the International Monetary Fund by paying off its remaining debt by May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.</p> <p>"We have been paying and paying... Right now the debt stands at $860 million (643 million euros)," Erdogan said in televised remarks.</p> <p>"When we pay the last slice in May, we will zero out the debt and make a clean break," he added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/turkey-clear-imf-debt-may-erdogan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Monetary Fund Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Technology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 17:16:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751162 at http://www.globalpost.com Scourge of corruption, Morocco's Zorro lifts his mask http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/scourge-corruption-moroccos-zorro-lifts-his-mask <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Known as the "Zorro" of Targuist, his village in northern Morocco, Mounir Agueznay secretly filmed the corruption of police and public officials for six years before finally revealing his identity to the press.</p> <p>In a 10-minute video that he took with a small camera in 2007, Agueznay filmed motorists, bikers and bus drivers discreetly handing money to the police in Targuist who let them through unimpeded.</p> <p>The images were posted on local Internet sites, but gained international notoriety when they were picked up and broadcast by Arab and Western satellite TV channels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/scourge-corruption-moroccos-zorro-lifts-his-mask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Justice and Development Party Muslim Brotherhood Technology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:30:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772129 at http://www.globalpost.com Blasts shake Turkish ministry, party office before ceasefire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/blasts-outside-turkish-ministry-party-office-wound-two-cnn-turk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Parisa Hafezi and Mert Ozkan</p> <p>ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's justice ministry and the offices of its ruling AK Party were attacked with homemade bombs and a flame thrower in the capital Ankara on Tuesday, days ahead of an expected ceasefire with Kurdish militants.</p> <p>The attack shattered windows on the seventh floor of the AK Party building, where Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has an office, according to a Reuters cameraman, while two devices also exploded outside the justice ministry several kilometres (miles) away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/blasts-outside-turkish-ministry-party-office-wound-two-cnn-turk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia European Convention on Human Rights Justice and Development Party Kurdish people Middle East Politics War Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:00:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5788204 at http://www.globalpost.com Constitution commission convenes to discuss work so far http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/constitution-commission-convenes-discuss-work-so-far <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> A parliamentary commission assigned to draft a new constitution gathered on Monday to discuss the work of the commission thus far and decide whether or not to go ahead with efforts to create a new document following the prime minister's comment that the commission's deadline to conclude its work was April 1.</p><P>Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Ahmet Iyimaya, who is also a member of the commission, spoke to reporters before the meeting and said the commission should maintain its “potential for reconciliation.” “This is not an independent commission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/constitution-commission-convenes-discuss-work-so-far" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Justice and Development Party Politics of Fiji Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Technology War Asianet Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Asianet 5800458 at http://www.globalpost.com Negative selection http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/negative-selection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> At a think tank meeting on March 31, Aziz Babuscu, chairman of the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Istanbul branch, told the audience the following: “Those who have become stakeholders during our 10-year rule will not be allowed to remain so during our next decade. During the past 10 years there were stakeholders for the ‘liquidation' and ‘redefinition' process on the basis of the discourse we carried out on freedom, law and justice. For instance, liberal groups have been such stakeholders in one way or another, despite the fact that they have not been able to ‘absorb' (i.e.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/negative-selection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alevi Aziz Babuscu Human Interest Justice and Development Party Technology Asianet Sat, 06 Apr 2013 12:00:54 +0000 Asianet 5803690 at http://www.globalpost.com Parties agree to extend deadline for new constitution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/parties-agree-extend-deadline-new-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Representatives of the political parties that make up the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission have agreed to extend the time the commission has to draft Turkey's new constitution, Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said late on Monday.</p><P>Speaking to reporters after a meeting with members of the commission, Cicek said party representatives have agreed on an extension of time to finalize the process of drafting the new constitution, but he did not clearly state how long the commission will continue working.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/parties-agree-extend-deadline-new-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Constitution of Thailand Justice and Development Party Technology United States Constitution Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:06:31 +0000 Asianet 5809723 at http://www.globalpost.com Female deputies will be able to wear pants in Parliament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/female-deputies-will-be-able-wear-pants-parliament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The parliamentary Charter Reconciliation Commission has decided to make a change in a bylaw to allow female deputies to wear pants in Parliament.</p><P>Parliamentary bylaws currently prohibit female deputies from wearing pants, while male deputies have to wear ties. During a meeting of the parliamentary commission under the chairmanship of Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Oguz Oyan on Wednesday, 10 deputies delivered speeches on the necessity of changing the bylaw to allow female deputies to wear pants. At the end of the meeting, the commission decided to change bylaw No.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/female-deputies-will-be-able-wear-pants-parliament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Clothing Justice and Development Party Republican People's Party Technology Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:48:26 +0000 Asianet 5813978 at http://www.globalpost.com AK Party deputy chairman: Name of nation is Turkish, but citizens are of Turkish Republic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/ak-party-deputy-chairman-name-nation-turkish-citizens-are-turkish-repub <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The name of the nation will remain “Turkish nation,” but the definition of citizenship in the new constitution should be changed, Mehmet Ali Sahin, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has said.</p><P>Maintaining that the AK Party has been wrongly criticized for allegedly agreeing to drop the term “Turkish nation” from the constitution, Sahin affirmed, speaking with some journalists on Thursday, that in the new constitution, the term “Turkish nation” would also be kept in the new charter.</p><P>“But we believe it would be more suitable to name [citizens, when re</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/ak-party-deputy-chairman-name-nation-turkish-citizens-are-turkish-repub" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Europe Justice and Development Party Mehmet Ali Sahin Politics Technology Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:49:22 +0000 Asianet 5813982 at http://www.globalpost.com Toward an AK Party-BDP constitution? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/toward-ak-party-bdp-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> There are three scenarios for the new constitution. In scenario A, the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission will reach an agreement and the new constitution will be result of this agreement.</p><P>In scenario B, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will agree on a draft constitution. And in scenario C, the AK Party will take a constitution it will prepare with the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) to referendum. Which of the scenarios will happen? Recent developments suggest that it is almost impossible for the first scenario to come true.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/toward-ak-party-bdp-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Justice and Development Party Scenario Technology Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:07:00 +0000 Asianet 5814063 at http://www.globalpost.com Tweeting Turkish pianist given suspended sentenced for blasphemy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130415/tweeting-turkish-pianist-given-suspended-sentence-blasphemy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Can Sezer and Ece Toksabay</p> <p>ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A world-renowned concert pianist was given a suspended jail sentence in Turkey on Monday for insulting religious values on Twitter, a case which has become a cause celebre for Turks alarmed about creeping Islamic conservatism.</p> <p>Fazil Say, also a leading composer, went on trial in October for blasphemy - a crime that can carry an 18-month sentence - for a series of tweets including one citing a 1,000-year-old poem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130415/tweeting-turkish-pianist-given-suspended-sentence-blasphemy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islamism Justice and Development Party Politics Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Thomson Reuters Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:30:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5815876 at http://www.globalpost.com