Turkish rapporteur: top court should rejects reform appeal

Turkey's top court rapporteur has recommended the court reject an appeal against government-backed reforms of the constitution.

Turkish rapporteur: top court should rejects reform appeal

Turkey's top court rapporteur has recommended the court reject an appeal against government-backed reforms of the constitution ahead of a referendum scheduled for Sept 12, broadcasters said on Monday.

The rapporteur's recommendation is not binding, but has to be presented to the Constitutional Court judges before the case can proceed. In some key rulings the court has not followed the rapporteur's recommendation.

Broadcasters said the rapporteur recommended the court reject the appeal by the secularist opposition on the grounds that the process of the reforms becoming law had not yet been completed.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says the reforms are designed to deepen democracy and help meet requirements for Turkey to join the European Union.

Secularist critics see the reform package as an attempt by Erdogan's AK Party to seize control of all levers of the state and undermine Turkey's secular principles.

The main opposition Republican People's Party asked the court earlier this year to annul the referendum.

The secular-minded court has struck down several key AK Party reforms in the past, prompting concerns about political stability.

Erdogan, who faces an election set for summer of 2011, has said he will not call a snap poll if the court annuls the referendum.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2010, 16:49

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