The veto of 30 critical appointments by acting President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, made on the grounds that the current government's term has expired, has been widely interpreted as a sign of his wish to delay further governmental decrees until the formation of the new Parliament.
According to the Sabah newspaper, among the governmental decrees vetoed by Sezer, who has been acting president since May 16 as the 22nd Parliament was unable to elect a new president, are the appointment of Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu as secretary-general of the National Security Council (MGK) and those of the board members of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) and the Adjustment Board of Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages Market (TAPDK).
Sezer chose his own men
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited President Sezer the day after his party won at the polls, garnering just under half of the votes in the July 22 elections, and presented the government's resignation. The president asked the government to continue its work until a new one is established, but his deed implies that this remit does not include further decrees, Sabah reported.
Sezer has voiced his discontent with the extension of his term in the past, complaining he felt "like a soldier who wasn't discharged" after completing his tour of duty. Although he has refused to approve several decrees and vetoed nominations for key posts, he has made four critical appointments in these two additional months.
Sezer appointed Professor İbrahim Halil Mutlu as rector of Harran University, Professor Şevket Büyükhatipoğlu as rector of Sinop University, Kubilay Özkan as deputy chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Zehra Ayla Pektaş as a jury member to the Constitutional Court during his term extension. Other than these figures, whom he himself chose, Sezer vetoed all governmental decrees relating appointments.
Before vetoing the appointment of Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Sezer had already vetoed the nominations of Ecvet Tezcan, Alev Kılıç, Sumru Noyan, Ünal Çeviköz, Tahsin Burcuoğlu and Oğuz Çelikkol, all of them ambassadors, thereby leaving the post of secretary-general of the MGK empty for the last seven months.
Among the other appointments Sezer vetoed is that of Mustafa Akın as a member of the BDDK. Sezer also vetoed the appointments of new members to the TAPDK, the term of all members of which expired on July 22.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 13:07