Turkish Constitutional Amendments: AKP’s undemocratic approach and CHP’s proposals for a progressive and European new constitution
August 13, 2010
Turkey has recently discussed the draft constitutional amendment package prepared by the ruling party, AKP, without integrating all the parties in the Parliament in the process.
As the main opposition party, the CHP has supported for long the idea of changing the constitution with the aim of further enhancement of Turkish democracy, and shared continuously , in this regard, its stance with public.
However, the CHP will not support the AKP’s efforts to change the constitution for the following two reasons:
– A question of methodology: the need for social consensus
– A question of principles: the CHP wants a Constitution inspired by the European democratic values
Main European references of the CHP’s stance for judicial independence and constutional amendments package is explained below in detail.