• A-
  • A
  • A+
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 

Public gatherings banned in Ankara amid debate over constitution

Public gatherings banned in Ankara amid debate over constitution

Ankara, 10 January 2017 (MIA) - Authorities in the Turkish capital Ankara have banned demonstrations and public gatherings for the next 30 days, as parliament debates a controversial overhaul of the country‘s leadership structure, dpa reports. 

A warning from the intelligence services over a planned terrorist attack on such gatherings was the reason for the measure, which covers the whole province of Ankara, the provincial governor said.

Parliament this week began considering the reform of Turkey‘s presidential system, which would give the president - currently just head of state on paper - the power to run the government.

The reform bill passed its first hurdle overnight, with a majority agreeing to debate the constitutional reform.

The debate was preceded by demonstrations outside the parliament building against the new system. Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up the protests.

The pro-Kurdish HDP is refusing to take part in the debate in protest over the arrest of 12 its lawmakers, German-Turkish representative Ziya Pir told dpa on Tuesday.

The HDP, along with the biggest opposition party CHP, say they are concerned the new presidential system could create a dictatorship in Turkey.

In imposing the ban on gatherings, Ankara‘s provincial governor invoked the state of emergency in place across the country since an attempted coup in mid-July. lk/19:14


All Rights Reserved.This material may not be stored, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form, except with the prior express permission of Macedonian Information Agency.


Sir Roger Moore dies aged 89

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing Jame...

Neil Armstrong's moon dust bag may fetch $4 mn at auction

An extremely rare bag used by NASA astronaut Neil ...

Ariana Grande suspends world tour after Manchester concert attack

Singer Ariana Grande has suspended her world tour ...

Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in England

In what the British tabloid media have described a...