AKP says open to negotiate Turkish reform articles

Constitutional amendments in Turkey need a two-thirds majority --367 votes-- of the parliament, which requires the government to receive support from opposition parties to pass the reform.

AKP says open to negotiate Turkish reform articles


Justice & Development (AK) Party Group Acting Chairman Bekir Bozdag on Friday expressed his party's readiness to negotiate every article of the constitutional amendment package.

Constitutional amendments in Turkey need a two-thirds majority --367 votes-- of the parliament, which requires the government to receive support from opposition parties to pass the reform.

Both the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) declared they would not support the bill.

The government bill foresees amendments to 22 articles of the Constitution, including the articles 10, 20, 23, 41, 53, 69, 74, 84, 94, 125, 128, 129, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 156 and 159.

"AK Party is open to negotiate every article of the amendment package. We have no precondition to negotiate them," Bozdag said while responding to the questions of reporters on the package.

Bozdag said AK Party talked to representatives of political parties, NGOs and vocational organizations and listened to their proposals and criticisms.

"A study will be carried out at the weekend on the assessments and criticisms," Bozdag said adding that the draft would be finalized after evaluation of the demands and views.

The bill aims to bring the right to collective bargaining for civil servants and the other public workers and tie closure of political parties to permission of a parliamentary committee, which is currently only under the authority of the Constitutional Court.

The government bill to amend the constitution aims to abolish the provisional article 15 of the constitution which prevents trial of generals who led the coup on September 12, 1980. The bill also aims to enable trial of military personnel at civilian courts on charges of crimes they commit against security of the state and the constitutional order.

The bill increases the number of members of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, also bringing arrangements to allow the parliament to elect members to the court.

The bill also paves the way for appeals to the decisions of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) at courts, which are currently outside of judiciary supervision.

The bill also aims to enable trial of military personnel at civilian courts on charges of crimes they commit against security of the state and the constitutional order.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2010, 16:15

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