'Double-chamber system must be debated in Turkey': Speaker

Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said on Monday that senates could play a role of filter on the way to constitutional courts.

'Double-chamber system must be debated in Turkey': Speaker
Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said on Monday that his suggestion to "think about a double-chamber system" must be debated first and that senates could play a role of filter on the way to constitutional courts.

At a press conference on Saturday, Toptan suggested re- establishing an upper house of parliament, or senate, which was abolished two years after 1980 military coup.

"In my opinion, senates can be filters on the way to constitutional courts. They can contribute to lawmaking and also prevent too much paperwork or problems of the constitutional courts," Toptan told reporters in Athens where he attended the meeting of the parliament speakers of Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

"But I did not mean that constitutional court's powers should be curtailed and granted to senates," he said.

Toptan was criticized by some academicians for suggesting to curtail the powers of the Constitutional Court.

He said this criticism was not logical and has no basis.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2008, 14:34
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