Timetable set for referendum on Turkish reforms

Higher Board of Election set on Saturday the timetable for the referendum on constitutional amendment.

Timetable set for referendum on Turkish reforms

Higher Board of Election (YSK) set on Saturday the timetable for the referendum on constitutional amendment.

Accordingly; the beginning date of the timetable will be May 31, 2010, and the referendum will take place on September 12, 2010.

Meanwhile, Constitutional Court will start discussing main secularist opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) appeal for cancellation of the government-backed constitutional amendment package, on June 3.

The court will initially make a procedural assessment of the file on Thursday. It will later set a date to start discussing the case on the merits.

The package which brings amendments to the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), won more than 330 votes in the parliament on May 7 (except one article), enough for Government to carry it to referendum.

The package, except for the rejected article 8th on the closure of political parties and a related provisional article, was adopted by 336 votes in favor and 72 against.

The law is set to be put to referendum on September 12 on the reforms and relevant amendments.

CHP opposed the amendments from the beginning.

Shortly after the adoption of the package CHP filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court on Friday for the cancellation of the amendment package.

The petition was signed by 97 CHP deputies, 7 independent deputies, 6 deputies from the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and 1 deputy from the Democrat Party (DP).

CHP also argues that with 26 articles put to vote as a package, rises the question of non-separability of preferences of voters, as they are expected to vote "yes" or "no" to the whole package.

It criticises the voting of the package as a whole arguing that all articles should be put to vote separately.

Second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) accuses the government of attempting to politicize the judiciary and subordinate the judiciary to the executive branch.

However, the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party denies accusations and argues that the law aims at making Turkey more democratic in line with EU's expectations.


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