Turkey's top court begins preliminary examination on reforms

Turkey is set to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment law on September 12, 2010.

Turkey's top court begins preliminary examination on reforms

Turkey's top court launched on Thursday its preliminary examination on the constitutional amendment law.

The Constitutional Court will decide whether or not to hear the case if it sees no deficiencies in the file, asking for annulment of the law amending some articles of the Constitution.

Around 111 parliamentarians went to the Constitutional Court on May 14, demanding the court to cancel and stop execution of the entire constitutional amendment law in regard to its shape, and three-five articles of the law on the merits of the case.

If the court starts to hear the file on the merits of the case, it is expected to first decide on whether or not to halt the execution.

On May 7, Turkish Parliament adopted the constitutional amendment bill in the final voting of the package as a whole.

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 in line with the Turkish constitution because it received votes more than 330 but less than 367.

The package brings amendments to the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).

It abolishes the provisional article 15 of the constitution which does not allow trial of the members of the National Security Council formed after the military coup in 1980.

The law also abolishes the ban on right to general strike; paves the way for a citizen to become a member of more than one union, and the civil servants and other public officials the right to collective bargaining.

It paves the way for trial of parliament speaker, chief of general staff, and senior commanders by the High Tribunal on charges of crimes they commit regarding their positions.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul ratified the law on May 12.

Turkey is set to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment law on September 12, 2010.



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