Justin Vela

Turkey’s long-awaited parliamentary elections are on Sunday…

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Turkish students begin a three-day protest in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

Istanbul- Turkey’s long-awaited parliamentary elections will be held this Sunday.

The ruling AK Party is expected to easily win. No surprises there. Afterwards is the real trial with the government wanting to write a new constitution and the changes needing to be made to the country’s financial policy.

I detail what to expect in the elections aftermath for business new europe (bne) magazine here.

In the days before the elections Turkish students held a small three-day protest in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square (above photo). I covered the demonstration, which was inspired by the Arab Spring, for the Independent. Read the article here.

I’ve also written a feature on Istanbul’s planned financial district in Atasehir, which experts say will further clog the overburdened city, for EurasiaNet.org. Read the piece here.

There are high expectations for the writing of the new constitution and the various groups are attempting to best position themselves. These elections mark a departure point for Turkey, as a forthcoming work will show.

tor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper, walks away from reporters after making a brief statement following the beginning of his trial

Ahmet Altan, editor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper, walks away from reporters after a brief statement following the beginning of his trial on June 9, 2011. He is accused of insulting Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in one of his columns and faces a lawsuit.

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Written by Justin Vela

June 10, 2011 at 5:55 am

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