Turkish opposition says to appeal constitutional amendments

Turkey's opposition party said it would appeal to the country's top court to strike down constitutional amendments.

Turkish opposition says to appeal constitutional amendments


Turkey's main opposition party said on Wednesday it would appeal to the country's top court to strike down constitutional amendments the government says are aimed at meeting European Union criteria.

Deniz Baykal, chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) told  party members "After the president signs, we will take the constitutional changes to the Constitutional Court."

He said the CHP has the 110 signatures it needs to apply to the Constitutional Court, Anatolian said.

Ruling AK Party officials have said they expect to finish parliamentary voting on the package by next week. The debate on the package of more than 30 amendments began on April 19.

Erdogan has said the changes to the constitution, drawn up after a 1980 military coup, are necessary to meet EU standards and deepen democracy.

The debate has raised political tensions in Turkey, a Muslim country with a $650 billion economy that aims to join the EU.

The AK Party, which has 335 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament, needs 367 votes to pass the reforms outright. It will likely seek a national referendum if opposition parties fail to back the reforms.

Reuters 

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2010, 09:22
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