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One has to wait and see if this is another PR shot or a substantive move. Usual suspects oppose: high judiciary, main opposition parties…

Turkey’s New Constitutional Amendment Bill (PDF in Turkish)

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkey’s government on Monday announced plans to amend several articles of the constitution, a legacy of the 1980 coup, arguing that the changes would make it more democratic and strengthen the country’s bid to join the European Union. Opposition parties criticized the Islamic-rooted government for trying to increase its political clout over the secular judiciary. The changes would increase the number of Constitutional Court justices to 16 and give parliament the power to appoint three of them. Another measure would hand the appointment of some key prosecutors and judges to the parliament and the president instead of an autonomous judiciary body.

This could be the only end game before the general elections.

FACTBOX-Turkey’s contentious constitutional reform project | Reuters

Turkish constitutional reform plans anger judges | World news | guardian.co.uk

Turkey seeks constitutional changes to get into EU | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 22.03.2010

Turkey?s Governing Party Proposes Changes in the Constitution

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU
The proposals by the religious conservative Justice and Development Party focus on the country?s military and judiciary, two pillars of Turkey?s secular establishment.

Tactical battles in Ankara

by ADEM YAVUZ ARSLAN – BUGÜN
Ankara is focusing on a constitutional reform package. The government completed its final preparations for the constitutional reform package on Sunday under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey’s pro-EU government seeks support to reform the coup-era constitution (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s government on Monday announced plans to amend several articles of the constitution, a legacy of the 1980 coup, arguing that the changes would make it more democratic and strengthen the country’s bid to join the European Union.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Reform package under scrutiny

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) yesterday made public its long-awaited constitutional reform package, which includes radical amendments, particularly for judicial institutions.

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