Ambassador: U.S. is confident of Turkish democracy
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 5 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
The U.S. is confident of Turkish democracy and Washington is closely observing the democratic reforms in Turkey, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis Ricciardone said today, CNN Turk TV channel reported.
On Sept. 30, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new package of measures for the country's democratisation.
According to the new package, all political parties in Turkey will move to a system of two chairmen, that is two chairmen will lead the parties.
Prime Minister said that during the election campaign parties may use not only Turkish, but also other languages spoken in the country.
According to the package of measures, a term of imprisonment for crimes motivated by racial hatred will be increased by three years to eliminate inter-ethnic conflict in the country.
The democratisation package also envisages lifting the ban on hijab headscarves in the Turkish state organisations, except for the Armed Forces.
The package of measures for democratization was ambiguously perceived by Turkish opposition. In particular, Turkish Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli said that the package of measures does not take into account the rights of the Turkish people and it is detrimental to the interests of people and contrary to the country's interests.
On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on the country's opposition to cooperate in the issue of implementation of the package of measures for democratization.