Constitutional Reform: A Change Turkey's Parties Can Believe In

Aug 26, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather in Ankara Aug. 7, 2016, to show their opposition to the military coup attempted a few weeks earlier.
Turkey has a long history of political conflict involving the military. But following an attempted military coup against him, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is more resolved than ever to end the trend in his favor.
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The arduous process of rewriting the Turkish Constitution offers a prime opportunity for parties to co-opt Turkish political institutions to advance their agendas. But in the years since the current Constitution's adoption, civilian parties have rallied around the common goal of amending the document to keep Turkey's democratic system from descending into martial law....

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