Turkey's parliamentary commission approves judicial reform

The decision comes just hours after the Turkish opposition rejected the plan to amend the constitution on the HSYK.

Turkey's parliamentary commission approves judicial reform

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish Parliament commission on Thursday approved a bill proposed by the ruling AK Party on amending Turkey's top judicial body.

The bill proposes transferring some of the powers of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to its chair - Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

It is expected to be discussed in the General Assembly early next week.

The parliamentary commission's decision comes after the two largest opposition parties - CHP and MHP - rejected AK Party's offer on a constitutional amendment on the HSYK.

Bozdag said following the approval that it did not eliminate the need for a constitutional change.

"I hope that moving forward, political parties will take positive steps towards an agreement on this matter," he said. "I sincerely believe amending Article 159 (on HSYK) will provide great benefits to Turkey."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ocak 2014, 10:28