India and World – Turkey
Constitutional Reforms in Turkey
In 2011, Turkey decided to make reforms in its constitution to mark a shift from being a committed secular state to bend towards being a pro-Islamist state. This is done under the leadership of the AK Party. The proposed constitutional reforms include:
- Repeal of ban on women wearing headscarves
- To make the defence forces accountable to civilian government and subjecting the army to prosecution for staging any military coup
- To restrict the powers of Judiciary which often acted as a check on the powers of Parliament
- Measures to strengthen individual freedom.