Turkey to grant legal status for Alevi places of worship

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says Alevi places of worship will be given legal status

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu is seen as explaning details of action plan of new government on Thursday in capital city of Ankara

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Alevi places of worship, known as "cemevis," will be granted legal status in the country.

Davutoglu emphasised that the legislation that was shaped during Turkey’s coup time period will be revised and that anti-democratic terms will be eliminated.

"Cemevis" have already been recognised as an official places of worship by local administrations of some Turkish provinces.

With respect to the issue, in December 2014 the European Court of Human Rights also asked for an equal status for "cemevis" as places of worship, like mosques and churches.

The new development concerning the Alevi population, which constitutes the second-largest religious community in the country following Sunni Muslims, came as an action plan for Turkey’s new government.

The prime minister also presented other significant articles of the plan at the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday.

Turkey to raise minimum wage by 30 percent

Turkish PM gave details of the action plan that proposes to bring a number of important economic reforms and measures in Turkey while he noted that the promises given to citizens ahead of the Nov.1 general election will be fulfilled "within three months."

Accordingly, Davutoglu said that the minimum wage in Turkey will be increased to 1,300 Turkish liras per month ($446).

Davutoglu also said that the government will support the employers who will have to adopt the new wage hike.

Meanwhile, the prime minister promised an action plan to keep Turkish firms competitive, with particular help to reduce the burden on small and medium-sized enterprises.

TRTWorld and agencies