Erdoğan's AKP to amend constitution to prevent closure

AKP decided to amend the constitution in order to prevent the party's closure, sources said on Sunday.

Erdoğan's AKP to amend constitution to prevent closure
"We are going to start legal preparations next week. We have (the majority) in the parliament", an AKP official who's close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkish daily.

According to the report, a high-level meeting was held in Erdogan's office after the top prosecutor filed a lawsuit against AKP demanding its closure. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay and Labor Minister Faruk Celik attended the meeting alongside with legal advisers of the party, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

In the meeting the officials discussed two possibilities including calling an early elections and amending the constitution to make the party closings harder, the report said.

At the end officials decided to prepare a package of constitutional amendments instead of calling an early election. Erdogan is likely to press for taking the package to referendum, the newspaper said.

According to the report, the package is expected to include removing the ban of the officials of the closed party from politics. Also a new clause is expected to be added the constitution saying "the party should pose a constant and serious threat" in order to be determined as the focal point of anti-secular acts.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mart 2008, 17:15