Turkey's top prosecutor calls reforms 'undemocratic'

Turkey's chief prosecutor, who tried to close the ruling party, said planned changes to the Turkish constitution affecting the way top judges are chosen were "undemocratic".

Turkey's top prosecutor calls reforms 'undemocratic'

Turkey's chief prosecutor, who tried to close the ruling party, said on Friday planned changes to the Turkish constitution affecting the way top judges are chosen were "undemocratic".

Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, who tried to close the ruling AK Party in 2008, told a news conference: "The Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors are being politicised by the reforms package."

He added: "A new system that frees the judiciary from political interventions should be introduced."

The AK Party presented its reform package to parliament last week, arguing change was needed to strengthen Turkey's democracy as it bids to join the European Union.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan plans to put the reform package to a national referendum if the government fails to get a required two-thirds majority in a vote that is likely to take place in parliament later this month.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Nisan 2010, 16:16
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