Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party, has announced that it will recall parliament from its summer recess, saying "we mustn't weaken Turkey's hand with the EU through this indecision over the penal code." As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the EU said Monday that accession talks with Turkey cannot begin until a new penal code is adopted.
Although the RPP has enough seats in parliament to recall the assembly, support from the governing party will be necessary in order to reopen debate on amendments to the Turkish penal code. Reports on CNN Turk television say that the governing party probably won't support the move. Bloomberg has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- EU says new penal code necessary for Turkish accession talks
- Turkish parliament recesses without passing reform bill or adultery ban
- Turkey still considering anti-adultery law, local media reports
- Turkey reverses bid to ban adultery after pressure from EU
- EU disapproves of Turkish adultery law