Turkish govt wants 'new constitutional packages' after referendum

Turkish Minister of Justice Ergin said the Turkish government wanted to introduce new packages after the Constitutional amendment package gets accepted in a referendum to be held on September 12, 2010.

Turkish govt wants 'new constitutional packages' after referendum

 

Turkish Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin said Thursday the Turkish government wanted to introduce new packages after the Constitutional amendment package gets accepted in a referendum to be held on September 12, 2010.

Speaking to the Friends of Turkey Group in the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels, Ergin said that Turkey needed Constitutional reforms to make better the welfare level of Turkish citizens, to develop rights and freedoms and to facilitate European Union (EU) membership.

Asked why the Constitutional amendments were limited, Minister Ergin said that they did not claim that the package did not lack certain things.

We have said that the Constitutional amendment package was limited since the beginning. We have to support the Constitutional amendment package with new packages once the Turkish people accept the amendment in a referendum in September, Ergin noted.

In response to a question on why they did not place within the Constitutional amendments lowering the level of electoral threshold from 10 percent to a lower figure, Ergin said that the electoral threshold in Turkey was established not by the Constitution but the laws on elections.

It would not be easy for Turkey to continue with an electoral threshold of 10 percent in the medium and long run. The Turkish Parliament will soon evaluate the electoral threshold, Ergin emphasized.

The meeting in Brussels was attended by the chairperson of the Friends of Turkey Group in the EP, Alojz Peterle and many other EP members.

Meanwhile, Minister Ergin's scheduled meeting with Martin Schulz, chairman of the Socialist Group at the EP, was cancelled due to Schulz's illness.
 

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