from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff
The constitutional reform package is expected to be discussed in the General Assembly on Monday. Earlier this week, the parliament’s constitutional commission approved all the articles in the package, following a few missteps by the AKP that occurred when the party introduced the proposal to parliament after visiting opposition political parties and listening to some input from government institutions and civil society groups. [For the package as it stood March 30 (revisions have been made since), click here.] [For background, see March 26 and March 7 posts.]
MADRID: The EU said Tuesday it welcomes plans by Ankara to reform Turkey’s Constitution, saying they are essential to bring the country closer to the bloc. “The European Union welcomes the Turkish government’s intention to present a package of constitutional reform proposals to be debated soon in the national assembly,” Spain’s Foreign Ministry.
Referring to how judges collectively resigned in Pakistan in 1981 in the aftermath of a coup d?état, Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) Deputy Chairman Kadir Özbek said, ?Turkish judges and prosecutors are as sensitive as Pakistani judges.?
Can you see, as the military tutelary regime cracks, that the noisiest pack is that of pashas and members of the high judiciary? Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) Deputy President Kadir Özbek spoke recently.
Last week I mentioned how some among the military and judiciary in Turkey seem unaware of the traditional stories of wisdom from our own culture. Perhaps they have their faces turned in a different direction. But there are similar sources of wisdom available in other traditions. This week I am reminded of the Italian tale of Pinocchio, a story warning of the hazards of lying.
During their meeting with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) management, the representatives of the leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) demanded in writing that three articles should be voted on separately.
We are belatedly attempting to reform the higher judiciary in Turkey, though for a long time we have all known that the crux of the problem in the country lies in the archaic structure and composition of its judicial bodies as well as in the mentality of the judges and prosecutors who run these bodies.