Turkey's MHP calls for rearranging powers separation

Opposition leader said that "In the light of these views, we are ready with our 70 deputies to assess and contribute to amendments that would be prepared with the widest possible accord in the parliament."

Turkey's MHP calls for rearranging powers separation

Opposition leader Devlet Bahceli said Tuesday that separation of powers between the most fundamental bodies of state should be rearranged with clear lines in order to avoid power-conflicts and exceeding of power in the future.

Bahceli, Chairman of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the third largest group in the Turkish Parliament, told a press conference at the headquarters of his party in Ankara that balancing of powers and responsibilities of the three most basic bodies of the state, which were legislative, executive and judiciary, in the most rational way was of crucial importance.

"In the light of these views, we are ready with our 70 deputies to assess and contribute to amendments that would be prepared with the widest possible accord in the parliament," said Bahceli.

Bahceli critised Turkey's Constitutional Court verdict which reversed parliament decision over headscarf freedom in universities. The parliament had prepared new law about freedom but court reversed it.  

He said these amendments could even include Articles 148 and 153 of the constitution, arranging powers and responsibilities of the Constitutional Court.

Bahceli said MHP was against the dissolution of political parties unless they resorted to violent means and used terror as a tool towards their political goals. He said they maintained this position since the day a dissolution case was filed against the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

Bahceli referred to their earlier proposal suggesting individual punishment for unconstitutional acts of politicians rather than dissolution of political parties, noting that the said proposal was still on the table.

MHP leader said Turkey was forced to go through a highly dangerous confrontational era. He said this should be ended at all costs, and Turkey's national unity, peace and democratic regime should be protected.

Bahceli said political approaches, feeding of tensions, which are at odds with the judiciary and the common values of the society, should be cast aside.

He said political problems which were sources of political unrest should be handled with tolerance and compromise and settled with wide accord.

Bahceli said channels of dialogue between political parties in the parliament should be opened with a joint initiative, in order to determine the common denominators, parties could agree upon. He said MHP was ready to contribute.

Bahceli proposed the foundation of a parliamentary working group which would work on a "Political Ethics Law" noting that this was necessary for an efficient fight with corruption --which he said was eradicating people's trust in state bodies and thus jeopardising the state's existence--.

Bahceli also proposed formation of a parliamentary committee to discuss the "political immunities" issue which he regarded as a gangrene that has been long hurting the national conscience.

He said this committee would make extensive arrangements on guidelines and rules about prosecution of lawmakers, their trial, courts that would hear the cases.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2008, 23:50
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