Friday, August 08, 2003

Turkey trying to limit power of military

I'm late on this but ... oh well.

On Wednesday, President Sezer approved reforms passed last week by Turkey's parliament aimed at reducing the power of the military.
The reforms ... reduce the military's hold over the National Security Council, a key body of military and political leaders that is often used by generals to impose their will on the government.

The measures stress that the council will be strictly an advisory body, with no executive powers. They limit the number of times the council meets, permit appointment of a civilian to head the council's secretariat and allow greater parliamentary scrutiny of military expenses.

They hope this will help them get into the EU because the EU has demanded that Turkey first curtail the military's influence and carry out other reforms before it can join.