8 thoughts on “Turkish author Orhan Pamuk on Dutch stage

  1. MPs debate altered constitution plan

    Turkey: Parliament has begun debating a series of amendments to the constitution that are fiercely contested by opposition parties who say that the government’s proposals are aimed at diluting the powers of secular opponents within the judiciary.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government says that the reforms to the constitution – a legacy of the 1980 military coup – would make Turkey more democratic and strengthen its bid to join the European Union.

    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.



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