Judges' body vows fight against Turkish reform

Turkey's parliament voted in favour of an article restructuring a key judicial body, giving a fresh boost to the government's constitutional reform moves after an early setback.

Judges' body vows fight against Turkish reform

The head of Turkey's judges' and prosecutors' council said on Thursday that the council would continue its struggle against the constitutional amendment bill till the very end.

Turkey's parliament voted early on Thursday in favour of an article restructuring a key judicial body, giving a fresh boost to the government's constitutional reform moves after an early setback.

Kadir Ozbek, the deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), said the council had made "necessary warnings" for independence of judiciary and for protection and preservation of principles of state of law.

"We will continue our fight till the very end," Ozbek told reporters in Ankara.

Ozbek's remarks came after the parliament adopted the 23rd article of the bill changing HSYK's structure.

Ozbek said, "we have a duty to illuminate and we have to fulfil this responsibility."

The council had to fulfil its defense duties if a negative outcome occurred regarding the constitutional amendments, Ozbek also said.

According to the 23rd article the parliament adopted on Wednesday, the permanent members of the board will increase from 7 to 22, and the number of its associate members will rise from 5 to 12.


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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Parliament is authorized to amend constitution. Is he trying to tell HSYK is supreme than parliament?