Vetoed constitutional reform package in Turkish parliament for second time
( Cihan ) - Second round of voting on the key constitutional amendments package started Thursday at the Turkish Parliament.
The package, including reforms on both general and presidential elections, was vetoed by Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer on May 25 and sent back to the parliament for a review.
The first round of the voting was held on Monday and the package got 361 to 368 votes depending on the articles voted.
Following the second round, in case the package is approved, the president will either have to accept the package or go to public vote.
While main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) hesitated to support the position in voting Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) supported Justice and Development Party (AKP) and will reiterate its support on today's voting as well.
The package was approved by the parliament on May 11 after lawmakers failed to elect a new president in two rounds of voting in late April and early May under the boycott of the opposition parties.
The package would also allow reducing president's term from seven years to five but grant a chance to run for a second five- year term.