ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said trust in Turkey’s legal system was essential to it attaining its long-term growth goals, as the government pressed ahead with plans to assert control over the judiciary.
Babacan, in charge of the economy and seen by investors as a market-friendly voice in the ruling AK Party, said Turkey’s aim of reaching an average national income of $25,000 per person would be unreachable if investors, foreign and domestic, could not rely on the courts. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party is currently pushing through parliament a draft law which will give the government tighter control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, triggering European Union and investor concern about its commitment to EU membership criteria. Erdogan’s opponents see the proposals as an attempt to stifle a damaging corruption investigation which erupted a month ago with the detention of businessmen close to the government and three ministers’ sons.
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