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OSCE: situation in Turkey did not meet the standards of the Council of Europe

Monday, April 17, the international observers issued a statement which said that the referendum in Turkey did not meet the standards of the Council of Europe.

According to OSCE observers, the referendum was held with the unequal opportunities of the two parties: the media described the position of supporters of constitutional reform. This was a limited access of opposition to media. Voters had no complete information about the main aspects of the reform and could not find arguments of its opponents.

Observers of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights also noted that the legal basis of the referendum did not meet the requirements of fair and democratic process.

It has been noticed that in the day of the referendum was not detected serious violations.

Yesterday evening the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum on constitutional reform, providing for the introduction of presidential rule. The opposition declared numerous falsifications, and on April 17 called to cancel the referendum.

According to preliminary data, the gap between supporters and opponents of the constitutional reform was approximately 2%. The reform voted a little over 51% of voters, against about 49%.

Against the reforms of Erdogan voted capital – Ankara, largest city Istanbul province, located on the Aegean coast, including the third city of Turkey, Izmir and the Turkish Kurdistan.

It should be noted that Erdogan was first elected in Istanbul – with the election of the mayor of this city he began his political career. A week before the referendum he played here in front of millions of their supporters.

A package of amendments to 18 articles of the Turkish Constitution implies that the President becomes the head of the state system, he will be endowed with the power to appoint Vice-presidents, Ministers and senior officials. The Prime Minister will be abolished. Decisions on the establishment, dissolution, powers, responsibilities and structure of the ministries will be determined in accordance with the decrees of the President. Right on the Declaration of state of emergency will be received by the President, approve the decision of the President on the state of emergency will be Parliament. The head of state will be able to publish and the other having the force of law decrees, which will enter into force without the prior approval of Parliament, but they can be canceled if lawmakers in the future they will reject. The President will not be able to leave the ranks of his political party, as provided for in the current Constitution. Increasing the number of MPs – c 550 to 600. The age limit for candidates for elective posts be reduced from 25 to 18. Canceled the practice of re-election, introduced the system of «spare» members. Decision on repeat elections can be taken as the Parliament and the President. Elections to the legislative and Executive authorities will be carried out in one day. Parliament and President are elected for five years, the head of state can hold office for not more than two consecutive terms.

Proposed by Erdogan’s reforms mean giving up a significant part of the Republican values associated with the name of the father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

OSCE: situation in Turkey did not meet the standards of the Council of Europe 17.04.2017

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