Turkey's interior minister said on Wednesday that it was not the Constitutional Court's duty to take a decision on the merits of the case filed for the annulment of the constitutional amendment package.
Commenting on the decision taken by Turkey's top legal body Constitutional Court to annul some articles of the constitutional package, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said, "It is not the court's duty to deal with the merits of the matter. Constitutional Court has done it again".
Noting that the referendum process still continued, Atalay said the upcoming period would proceed fast, adding activities on the referendum would continue.
Atalay also said that he believed the content of the Constitutional Court's decision would not affect the intention and goal of the constitutional package that much.
"Therefore, this is still a good and democratic package, and the referendum will be held within this framework," Atalay said.
Constitutional Court, Turkey's top legal body, annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package on Wednesday.
Speaking to the press after a debate that lasted for more than nine hours, Hasim Kilic, chief judge of the Constitutional Court, said that the court partly annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package about structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) filed an application with the Constitutional Court on May 14 for invalidation of some articles of the package. The application 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).
Turkish parliament adopted the constitutional amendment package on May 7. The package was approved by the President on May 12.
Except for the annulled articles, the package is set to be put on referendum on September 12 in line with the Turkish Constitution.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 09:57