'No' voters are defenders of 1980 coup, says Turkish PM
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 9/8/2010 12:00:00 AM |
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that people who vote 'no' in Sunday's referendum are defenders of a Constitution made by the military junta in 1980.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that people who vote “no” in Sunday’s referendum are defenders of a Constitution made by the military junta in 1980.
Speaking to the private channel NTV late Tuesday, Erdoğan said the opposition was trying to present the package of proposed constitutional amendments as a text of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, something he said it was not.
The opposition failed to criticize the package’s 26 articles and instead criticized the AKP, the prime minister said.
Contrary to the opposition’s charges, Erdoğan said the package would not grant the justice minister excessive power and would instead restrict his powers.
“Turkey is heading to the referendum after the Constitutional Court examined the package upon the Republican People’s Party, or CHP’s, request. During the preparatory work, the institutions in the European Union were used as an example,” Erdoğan said. “There is no country in Europe or in the world where the parliament doesn’t send a member to the top court.”
Responding to the opposition’s claims that women who distributed the CHP’s “no” posters in Istanbul’s Bahçelievler district faced physical violence from AKP members, Erdoğan said the CHP had made such allegations without examining the issue.