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* Missed messages on Iran  Robert Kagan

* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

* Iran unlikely to halt nuclear program, secret letters show  News Report

* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

* اطلاعیۀ آیت الله منتطری دربارۀ حرام بودن مقاومت در برابر رأی مردم  Ali Behrooz

* لیست اسامی با حروف فارسی، تا تاریخ 08/09/08  Ali Behrooz

* War of words, or words of war  Ali Behrooz

* Could Israel use submarines against Iran?  News Report

* Iran deplores UAE claim on 3 islands  News Report

* 'Iran will respond to any attack'  News Report

* Carter to meet Hamas leadership in Cairo  News Report

* No Peace Without Hamas  News Report

* Ahmadinejad again voices Sept. 11 doubts  News Report

* Clinton, Obama tackle Iran issue in debate  News Report

* Bomb kills at least 9 in Iran mosque  News Report

* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

* Ahmadinejad to dismiss 2 cabinet ministers in Iran  News Report

* Iran: Naval encounter routine check  News Report

* Tony Blair's Palestine  News Report

* Clinton attacks Obama and McCain over Iraq  News Report

* Reza Pahlavi: Leadership for Democracy in Iran  News Report

* Petraeus: Return to 'pre-surge' troop levels, then wait  News Report

* Blast rocks US complex in Sanaa  News Report

* Clashes in Nile Delta after strike aborted  News Report

* When a great power goes mad  News Report

* Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs  News Report

* Putin says Iran is no threat  News Report

* Creating a US-Iran Bridge  News Report

* Court removes PKK from terror funds list  News Report

* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

* Limiting Tehran’s Influence?  Ali Behrooz

* UAE detains ship as grip on Tehran tightens  News Report

* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

* Israelis and Palestinians pledge to reach peace pact by end of 2008  News Report

* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

* FM spokesman: Iran's plan on Iraq not put for voting  News Report

* Iran's top dissident cleric calls for U.S. talks  News Report

* Islamic militants take fight against Musharraf to 'Pakistan's Switzerland'  News Report

* 'Desperate' Musharraf declares martial law  News Report

* US Sanctions on Iran Leave Europeans in a Quandary  Sir Cyril Townsend

* After Thamilselvan  News Report

* Analysis: Is Abbas playing his cards right ahead of ME summit?  News Report

* Bahrain accuses Iran of nuclear weapons lie  News Report

* Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed  News Report

* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

* Iran's leaders need enemies like Bush, and at every turn he obliges them  News Report

* Giuliani hits Democrats on Iran  News Report

* Iran: We have no information on Arad  News Report

* Clinton hails US move on Iran  News Report

* Israel to prepare for potential missile attack  News Report

* US First Lady in Kuwait  News Report

* Rice: Mideast solution in jeopardy  News Report

* Kurdish fighters defy the world from mountain fortress as bombing begins  News Report

* Protesters confront Condoleezza Rice as she testifies on Middle East  News Report

* Showdown With Iran  News Report

* U.S. outlines Baghdad security handover plan  News Report

* Poll shows global opposition to Iran - and U.S.  News Report

* Iraq promises Turkey it will curb Kurdish rebels  News Report

* Big shoes to fill  News Report

* LUKOIL says halts Iran oil project on US sanctions  News Report

* Three soldiers killed in Darfur camp attack - UN  News Report

* There's a better - and cheaper - way that Washington can help Lebanon  News Report

* Lebanese patience for Nahr al-Bared displaced wears thin  News Report

* Iran, Syria urge diplomatic means instead of military incursion into Iraq  News Report

* Talabani refuses to deliver PKK leaders to Turkey amid protests against incursion  News Report

* Turkey vows to defeat PKK rebels  News Report

* Iran N-case on Olmert's Paris agenda  News Report

* Motaki (FM): US in No Position to Attack Iran  News Report

* We will fight to the death, Kurdish rebel leader vows from his hideout  News Report

* Deaths And Hostages In Border Clash  News Report

* Flash News: Kurdish separatistand 12 Turkish soldiers killed  News Report

* IRGC Commander:Aggressions to Be Reciprocated with a Rain of Rockets  News Report

* 2 leaders back Blair as European Union president  News Report

* Babacan stresses dialogue as key to solving Lebanese crisis  News Report

* Jordan hopes for positive outcome of Annapolis meeting  News Report

* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

* Larijani Resigns  Ali Behrooz

* NATO says shipment of roadside bombs was 'from Iran'  News Report

* Israel impeding effort to clear cluster bombs  News Report

* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

* Democrats' stance on Iran criticized  News Report

* Top Palestinian negotiator may resign  News Report

* UN condemns killing of its truck drivers in Darfur  News Report

* Kurds sign oil deals beyond regional borders – former minister  News Report

* Jerusalem is ours, warns Likud  News Report

* Rice back in Israel after Egypt talks  News Report

* Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers in southern Iran go on strike  News Report

* Ahmadinejad: Caspian states to form economic cooperation organization  News Report

* Putin lands in Iran for nuke talks  News Report

* Mideast Conference and the Illusive Peace  News Report

* Coalition of the Reluctant  News Report

* World bank neglects African farming, study says  News Report

* Putin dismisses threat of assassination in Iran  News Report

* Israel signals readiness to cede parts of Jerusalem to Palestinians  News Report

* Christiane Amanpour: 'People think I relax with a Kalashnikov - I don't'  News Report

* After honeymoon, Sarkozy method poses three risks  News Report


July 22, Turkey's date with the polls
[ News Report]  [2007-05-05 02:56:55]
[Source: 4 May 07, Turkish Daily News]


GÖKSEL BOZKURT-DUYGU GÜVENÇ
ANKARA - TDN Parliament Bureau
  
Turkey will go to the polls on July 22. All parties in Parliament yesterday agreed for general elections to be held on July 22. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) called a motion in the assembly to hold elections and all the 458 lawmakers present in the 550-seat Paliament approved it.

  Following heated discussions, deputies from the People's Republican Party (CHP), Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) and the True Path Party (DYP) gave the nod for elections to be held on that date, joined by deputies of the AKP.

  The date for general elections was changed from June 24 to July 22 upon the request of the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK). The board asked for 80 more days to make the necessary arrangements.

  AKP deputies, speaking on condition of anonymity told the Turkish Daily News that the date of elections was changed in order to explain government actions to the public, to complete projects started before the elections and that the passing of constitutional reform package was also taken into consideration.

The discussions for elections

  ANAVATAN deputy, Safter Gaydalı, gave his support for July 22 as the election date in his speech during the parliamentary session, and deputy floor leader of ANAVATAN Muzaffer Kurtulmuşoğlu drew attention to the resignation date of civil servants.

  “There is not enough time for resignation, they are allowed to resign until May 5, which is a Saturday and not a working day”, Kurtulmuşoğlu noted.

  The CHP opposed going to the polls on July 22 and offered the first days of June or September. The whip of the CHP, Haluk Koç claimed that the election date was arranged by the ruling party in order to prevent the success of CHP. Koç said that most of the CHP voters would be on summer holidays in July.

  “The elections on July 22 will not reflect the voters will, due to the summer season,” Koç said.

  Another CHP deputy, Atilla Kart added that the CHP would not shy away from elections.

  The whip of AKP Eyüp Fatsa argued that YSK had given the earliest date taking into consideration the primary elections of the parties. Another deputy of the AKP, Salih Kapusuz, called on the opposition not to oppose the elections, stating that they were the ones who had asked for elections.

  

Erdoğan argues it is a test of sincerity

  Coming to the Parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the opposition of CHP to the date showed their insincerity.

  “Now it is clear that who favors elections and who does not. We asked for a shorter time period but YSK took into consideration the preliminary elections, saying that it can not be less than 80 days,” said Erdoğan.

  Deputy Prime Minister Abdüllatif Şener argued that there is nothing out of the ordinary with the economy.

  “The general elections can not be named as early elections. Whoever wants to vote can give their vote,” argued Şener.

  

The law permitting 25-year-olds to be elected will pass on Sunday

  The first round of discussions regarding the amendment, which gives a chance for 25-year-olds to be elected, and fixing the names of independent deputies on the ballot paper was completed in Parliament yesterday. The second round of discussions regarding the bill for constitutional amendments will take place Sunday with the approval of all parties after voting for presidential elections.

 





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