“Turkey’s New Constitutional Amendment Bill
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)
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
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