US Commission welcomes reform vote
“I hope the proposed constitutional reforms will lead to real improvements in people’s lives, including Turkey’s beleaguered ethnic and religious minorities,” the chairman of the commission, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, said through a press release. He added that the implementation of the voter-approved constitutional amendments and other much needed reforms could help Turkey overcome the legacy of the past and build a strong future firmly rooted in respect for democratic principles and human rights.
US President Barack Obama and the State Department, along with the European Union, also welcomed the reforms that will limit the military’s role in politics, improve gender equality, end the immunity of coup leaders from prosecution and restructure the high judiciary in line with EU requirements for full membership. “These reforms could lead to greater transparency and accountability, which are essential to strengthening democracy,” the co-chairman of the group, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, stressed.