EU hails referendum result on reforms in Turkey

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The European Commission (EC) hailed Turkey's referendum result on constitutional reforms in a statement on Monday.

Stefan Fule, commissioner in charge of enlargement, said the commission welcomed the approval, by the Turkish people, of the constitutional reforms in the referendum which took place on Sunday.

"It demonstrates the continued commitment of Turkish citizens to reforms in view of enhancing their rights and freedoms," he said, adding that these reforms are a step in the right direction as they address a number of long-standing priorities in efforts towards fully complying with the accession criteria to European Union (EU).

However, Fule said, their impact on the ground will depend on their actual implementation and a number of laws will be needed, encouraging the Turkish government to show utmost transparency as well as a spirit of dialogue on the substance of this implementing legislation.

Fule stressed that a new civilian constitution would provide a solid base for a sustained development of democracy in Turkey, in line with European standards and the EU accession criteria.

Any future constitutional changes should be prepared through the broadest possible consultation, involving all political parties and civil society in a timely manner and a spirit of dialogue and compromise, said the statement.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday announced 58 percent of voters favored a government-backed constitutional amendment package in the referendum.

The current constitution of Turkey was the product of a military coup in 1980. The EU, which Ankara seeks to join, has urged the Turkish government to update it to expand civil rights and curb military power.

Source: Xinhua

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