Syria motion first item on Parliament's agenda

The session in which Parliament will debate the contents of the motion is closed to the public.

Syria motion first item on Parliament's agenda

The main item on the agenda for Parliament's first day back on Tuesday will be the renewal of a motion on Syria allowing the sending of troops abroad if the government deems it necessary. Such a motion was accepted last year, but has to be renewed. A similar motion on Iraq that will expire on Oct. 4 is expected to be merged with the one on Syria. The session in which Parliament will debate the contents of the motion is closed to the public.

As the two-and-a-half-month recess of Parliament's General Assembly ends on Oct. 1, President Abdullah Gül will deliver the traditional opening speech of Parliament. Tomorrow's address will be Gül's last speech as president since his seven-year term ends August next year. President Gül is expected to include messages on the settlement process with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the three upcoming elections in Turkey in the next two years, terror in the name of religion and the recent developments in Syria and Egypt.

In addition, Republican People's Party (CHP) Zonguldak deputy Mehmet Haberal will take his oath on the opening day of Parliament as he has been released from prison as a result of the Ergenekon trial. Haberal had been charged with being a member of the clandestine Ergenekon organization and served time in prison.

Prior to Gül's speech, as per parliamentary tradition, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek will address his fellow deputies on the new legislative year.

The first session of Parliament will be followed by a reception in the evening. During the recess, the General Assembly hall was renovated with an updated sound and lighting system.

The democratization package that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Monday in Ankara is expected to be one of the leading items on the agenda following the Eid al-Adha holiday in the middle of October.

A draft law proposed by the Ministry of Health and a regulation on child abuse are among the items on the agenda.

The Constitutional Reconciliation Commission, which continued its work during the summer recess, will keep working on drafting a new constitution.

In the first week of Parliament, the heads and members of commissions will be elected, but no significant change is expected.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Eylül 2013, 23:43

Muhammed Öylek

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