World leaders congratulate Turkish premier over approval of constitutional reform
Leaders from around the world have telephoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him over Sunday's referendum which saw the approval of a raft of government-backed constitutional amendments, Erdogan's press office said in a statement on Monday.
The leaders included U.S. President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, the statement said, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkish voters approved the raft of constitutional amendments by 57.88 percent in favor.
The amendments include change in structure of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, as well as the Constitutional Court, country's top judiciary body.
The package abolishes the provisional article 15 of the constitution which does not allow trial of the members of the National Security Council formed after the military coup in 1980, the ban on right to general strike; and paves the way for a citizen to become a member of more than one labor union, and civil servants and other public officials the right to collective bargaining.
It also paves the way for trial of parliament speaker, chief of general staff, and senior commanders by the High Tribunal on charges of crimes they commit regarding their positions.