21 April 2011, Thursday /HASAN CEMAL MILLIYET
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which has been in power for more than eight years, should have long ago amended the Constitution and the laws that prepared the groundwork for the YSK ruling.
Its failure to achieve this is a serious shortcoming for Turkish democracy. It is another mistake for the government to insist on the 10 percent election threshold. If only a call by CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for an extraordinary meeting of Parliament to take action to correct the YSK ruling had yielded a result, but it is very difficult to be optimistic. I don’t think a Parliament where 63 percent of the deputies are not re-nominated in elections will do anything for democracy. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “There is no longer a Kurdish issue, but issues of our Kurdish brothers and sisters,” which is another mistake that needs to be criticized. Final word: All the relevant parties should avoid moves that will risk the legitimacy of the elections.