Ruling AK Party: Top Turkish court exceeds power for 2nd time

Turkey's ruling AK Party deputy chairperson said that the country's top court had gone beyond its powers for the second time.

Ruling AK Party: Top Turkish court exceeds power for 2nd time

 

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK) deputy chairperson said on Wednesday that the country's top court had gone beyond its powers for the second time with its latest decision on the constitutional amendment package.

Speaking to AA regarding Constitutional Court's decision to annul some articles of the constitutional amendment package, AK Party's deputy head Huseyin Celik said, "unfortunately, the court has overstepped its powers for the second time and it has used an authority that is not granted to it by the constitution or laws".

Describing the court's ruling as a "situation against law", Celik said Constitutional Court's decision constituted an "assumption of authority".

"If we make a constitutional amendment with 440 deputies, Constitutional Court may reach an arbitrary decision like it did today when 110 deputies apply to it," Celik said.

Commenting on the issue, deputy chairman of the AK Party group in the parliament Suat Kilic said that he considered Constitutional Court's accepting and examining the annulment appeal as an infringement of the constitution's terms on constitutional amendments.

Kilic said, with its latest decision, the supreme court had explicitly intervened in the parliament's authority to make a constitution on behalf of the nation.

Upon a question on whether the referendum process would be harmed, Kilic said the upcoming period would depend on the High Election Board's (YSK) decision.

Kilic also said that an early election was definitely not on the agenda, adding,

"Elections will be held in July 2011. Constitutional Court's decision will not affect the ruling party's opinion on the election date".
 

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 13:59
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