Kader Sevinc - Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

As the ruling AK party had unilaterally introduced a series of amendments which might have resulted in harming the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary, CHP, the Republican People’s Party, does not regret the rejected amendment, Kader Sevinç, the party’s representative to the EU in Brussels, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

“The rejected article was […] boosting an authoritarian government style and making it impossible for the judiciary to intervene if, for example, a political party organises paramilitary groups,” Sevinç said.

The AK party of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, which has roots in political Islam but denies ambitions to create an Islamic state, says the constitutional reforms are needed to bring Turkey closer to EU democratic norms.

But CHP, a European social-democratic party that has been promoting radical democratic and social reforms in Turkey, is of the position that some of the AKP’s amendments seriously undermine the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary, increasing the already problematic influence of the executive on the system of nomination and promotion of judges and prosecutors, Sevinç said.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/enlargement/turkish-opposition-has-no-regret-rejected-constitutional-amendment-news-493718

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