Friday, February 8, 2008

Headscarf Amendments Clear First Round of Voting

Both amendments cleared the first round of voting yesterday without any major problem. The second round of voting will take place on Saturday. Debate was vigorous and it was interesting to read the reportage in both Today's Zaman and the Turkish Daily News.

Interesting also is the current animosity between MHP and CHP. MHP continues to contend that it is not trying to win political advantages by joining in a coalition with AKP while CHP has seized on the opportunity to portray MHP as a traitor to Kemalism. The latter is best observed in Turkish Daily News writer Mehmet Ali Birand's most recent column.

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