Turkey’s parliament began debating Monday a series of amendments to the Constitution that are fiercely contested by opposition parties who say the Islamic-oriented government’s proposals are aimed at diluting the powers of secular opponents within the judiciary ? a legacy of the 1980 military coup. The 29 draft amendments would make disbanding political parties more difficult, open the way for the trial of military commanders by civilian courts and give parliament a say in the appointment of senior judges.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) is surrounded by his ruling Justice and Development Party MPs during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara April 21, 2010. Turkish parliament in Turkey has begun debating changes to the constitution on Monday.? Read more »
The package of constitutional reforms seems highly attractive in many respects. It is the whole that should be rejected by liberals and democrats.
Turkey’s member of Parliament from the main opposition Republican People’s Party Sevki Kulkuloglu holds a placard during a debate at a parliamentary session in Ankara April 25, 2010. The Turkish parliament on Monday began debating changes to the constitution. The placard reads: “I want a prime minister who keeps his word! Don’t you?” REUTERS/
After two sessions, the Turkish Parliament passed five clauses of the constitutional reform package on equality, secrecy of private life, freedom of movement, labour union rights and protection of children’s rights. The reservations on the Convention on Children’s Rights were not lifted though.
As much as he was physically hurt by the fist attack in Samsun, Ahmet Türk, the politically banned former leader of the now-closed Democratic Society Party (DTP), is deeply concerned about the way the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) behaves during Parliament?s debates about the constitutional reform package. He has not concealed his frustration, as he has sent several messages about where the successor of the DTP should stand on the issue.
Turkey’s members of Parliament scuffle during a debate at a parliamentary session in Ankara April 25, 2010. The Turkish parliament on Monday began debating changes to the constitution.? Read more »
Ever since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signaled during a TV program at the weekend that he was warm to the idea of Turkey?s adoption of a presidential system, the issue has made its mark on the country?s agenda, sparking a heated debate.