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Turkey’s draft constitution appears dead

The deadlock in the Turkish parliament does not come as a surprise and may foreshadow even more polarization.
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Muharrem Ince addresses the Turkish Parliament in Ankara October 31, 2013. Four female lawmakers from Turkey's Islamist-rooted ruling party wore their Islamic head scarves in parliament on Thursday in a challenge to the country's secular tradition. Four female lawmakers, Nurcan Dalbudak, Sevde Beyazit Kacar, Gulay Samanci and Gonul Bekin Sahkulubey, from Turkey's Islamist-rooted ruling party AKP wore their Islamic head scarves in parliament o

After more than two years of intense work, Turkey's hopes for a civilian constitution have been declared dead, ready to be buried.

The announcement, coming from various parts of the so-called Conciliation Commission, brings new doubts to the fore about the future of the country's dragging, slow-motion democratization process, for it raises new questions on whether or not there are any options left for a badly needed social contract.

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