ANKARA, Turkey, March 23 (UPI) -- The Turkish government was seeking support Tuesday for a package of 26 constitutional amendments affecting the political and judicial systems.
The proposals by the ruling Justice and Development Party include reining in parliament's ability to shut down political parties and to allow civilian trials of military officials, the Hurriyet Daily News reported from Ankara.
One of the amendments also would lift the ban on women wearing religious head scarves at state-run universities, the report said.
Another amendment would establish an ombudsman system for resolving disputes between citizens and the state, the report said.
Additionally, citizens' freedom to travel outside the country would be limited because of ongoing legal investigations, prosecutions or court sentences.
The government said the reforms were necessary to expedite the country's accession into the European Union.
Parliament can approve the package or refer it to a public referendum in which it would be voted on in its entirety and not item by item, Zaman reported.