Turkish PM firm on judicial reform

AFP-JIJI

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Sunday that his government would go ahead with controversial reforms curbing judges’ powers amid a deepening corruption scandal.

“The commission put (the proposals) to vote yesterday (Saturday) and decided that they were not against the constitution,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.

The reforms proposed by Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would give the Justice Ministry more control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.