Court rejects cancellation of Gül's presidency election

Constitutional Court unanimously rejected on Tuesday requests on the cancellation of the law that changed the provisional articles regarding the election of the 11th president.

Court rejects cancellation of Gül's presidency election
The court debated a request submitted by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP) and finally rejected it.

110 deputies from CHP and DSP earlier appealed to the Court asking for the cancellation of the law that changed the provisional articles.

Turkish Parliament approved on October 16th the bill which modified the constitutional amendment package and voted in a referendum on October 21st.

Under the bill, provisional articles 18 and 19 were excluded from the constitutional amendment package. The provisional article 18 was related to "the amendments made in laws to be applied during the election of the 11th president of Turkey", while the article 19 was in regard to "the implementation of new arrangements during the election of the 11th president".

In a referendum on October 21st, 69 percent of Turkish people voted "yes" for the constitutional amendment package.

According to amendments, general elections will be held once in every four year (instead of five); the president will be elected by popular vote; the presidential term will be lowered from the current seven years to five; the president stand for re-election for a second term; and a quorum of one third (184 MPs) will be required to open a parliamentary debate.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Kasım 2007, 09:25
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