Checking the Opposition, Balancing the Judiciary: Constitutional Reform Debates in Turkey
Turkey's government and opposition are embroiled in a deep conflict over proposed changes to the Turkish constitution. The two major opposition parties have made it clear that they will not be party to the efforts of the governing party to amend the constitution in unacceptable ways. The governing party will fight bitterly to the end to get what it wants. The Turkish voters will have to brace themselves for a no holds barred battle, which is likely to be followed by a tension-ridden referendum. Peace and tranquility will not be the words to characterize Turkish politics in the months to come.