Turkish opposition to vote against reforms in referendum

Kilicdaroglu's remarks came after the Constitutional Court had annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package.

Turkish opposition to vote against reforms in referendum

The leader of Turkey's main secularist opposition party said on Thursday that his party would say "no" in an upcoming referendum on reforms that were partly cancelled by top court after CHP opposition.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said his party would vote against the constitutional amendment package in a referendum due on September 12.

Kilicdaroglu said during a party meeting in Ankara, the constitutional amendments would put public prosecutor under the instructions of the justice ministry, and therefore his party was against the amendments.

However, the CHP leader said he was "aware of the shortcomings" of the current constitution. He pledged to prepare a new constitution in a new parliament and under CHP's ruling.

Kilicdaroglu's remarks came after the Constitutional Court had annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package.

On Wednesday, the court invalidated some articles of the package about the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).

The 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.


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