AK Party plans to drop Ataturk from MPs oath

November 16, 2012 - 12:31:37 am
ANKARA: Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party has proposed removing references to the nation’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the parliamentary oath, parliamentary sources said yesterday.
The new wording proposed by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to a parliamentary committee drafting the new constitution no longer includes the words “principles and reforms of Ataturk,” and “secularism”. Lawmakers are obliged to take the oath in parliament after elections in order to take their seats.  However, the new text runs a high risk of being rejected because the committee needs consensus among the four parties in parliament before it can adopt such changes.
One dead in anti-govt protest in Jordan 
AMMAN: Rioting in Jordan after the government raised fuel prices left one protester dead, the first fatality of violence sweeping impoverished towns in the kingdom, and Islamists called for more protests yesterday. 
Hundreds took to the streets this week after the government decided to raise gasoline, cooking gas and heating fuel prices. They blocked roads, set government buildings alight and trashed shops in the towns of Maan, Tafila, Salt and Karak. Agencies