Turkey's second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is getting ready to launch a "No" campaign against the government backed constitutional amendment package, which alters the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors.
In a press release issued on Saturday, MHP said it would launch the campaign with a press conference on July 13 where principles and specifics of the campaign would be revealed.
MHP said the campaign aimed at informing the nation about true deeds and agenda of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concealed behind the Constitutional Amendment Package and warning citizens about what he says "dangers" and "traps" awaiting Turkey.
It said cadres of MHP including, lawmakers of the party would tour all corners of Turkey to inform citizens about the facts.
The Amendment Package
The government backed constitutional amendment package which brings amendments to the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) 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.
Shortly after the adoption of the package hardline opposition CHP filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court for the cancellation of the amendment package. The Constitutional Court which announced its decision on the appeal last Wednesday, annulled parts of some articles of the package.
The court partly annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package about the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Rest of the package will be decided by a referendum on September 12.
Secularist critics see the reforms as an attempt by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party to seize control of all levers of the state and undermine Turkey's secular principles.
Court verdict came under fire by lawmakers and ministers who said the court exceeded its power and harmed democratic process in Turkey.
Despite accusations from opposition, the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party says that the law aims at making Turkey more democratic in line with EU's expectations.
The package 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 ban on right to general strike; and 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 also 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 is set to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment law on September 12, 2010.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 10 Temmuz 2010, 16:54