Turkish top court to make procedural assessment on reforms

Turkey's Constitutional Court accepted to hear the appeal made by Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP for the cancellation of the government-backed constitutional amendment package.

Turkish top court to make procedural assessment on reforms

Turkey's Constitutional Court accepted to hear the appeal made by Turkey's main secularist opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of the government-backed constitutional amendment package.

The court announced Tuesday that it decided to make a procedural assessment of the amendment package which stirred heated debates in the parliament and drew strong reaction from the opposition.

The package which brings amendments to the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), won more than 330 votes in the parliament on May 7 (except one article), enough for Government to carry it to referendum.

The package, except for the rejected article 8 on the closure of political parties and a related provisional article, was adopted by 336 votes in favor and 72 against.

The law is set to be put to referendum on September 12 on the reforms and relevant amendments.

CHP argues that it would erode the independence of the judiciary, opposed the amendments from the beginning.

Shortly after the adoption of the package CHP filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court for the cancellation of the amendment package. The petition 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).

The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party denies accusations and argues that the law aims at making Turkey more democratic in line with EU's expectations.


Agencies

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