Top court decision weakens democracy: Turkish speaker

Turkish parliament speaker said that Constitutional Court's assumption of authority would harm the prestige of politics and the parliament.

Top court decision weakens democracy: Turkish speaker

 

The Turkish parliament speaker said on Thursday that Constitutional Court's assumption of authority would harm the prestige of politics and the parliament, moreover, it would weaken democracy.

Releasing a written statement on Turkey's top legal body Constitutional Court's latest decision to annul some articles of the constitutional amendment package, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said the authority to amend the constitution belonged to the representatives of the nation and such authority was a certain power that could not be shared or transferred.

"An understanding that creates a guardianship over such authority of the parliament, which is granted by the nation, is unacceptable," Sahin said.

The Constitutional Court could examine constitutional amendments only in terms of form and the court carried on with its tendency to make examinations on the merits, Sahin said.

"This is not a simple infringement of the constitution, but an intervention in the essence of the authority to amend the constitution, which is a right only granted to deputies," Sahin said.

"This assumption of authority by the Constitutional Court will harm the prestige of politics and the parliament, moreover, it will weaken democracy," the parliament speaker added.

Sahin also said that Constitutional Court played the role of legislator with its latest decision.

"The court should rapidly leave its desperate tendency to see itself as the founder authority, which it created by violating the constitution, and it should return to constitutional limits," he said.

Sahin noted that Turkey needed a new model or constitutional amendment in which Constitutional Court would not be able to break the ban on examination on merits.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 14:34
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