The Turkish parliament continued late on Monday debating a government-backed constitutional amendment bill.
After completing discussions on proposals by political parties, Turkish parliament debated and voted articles 20, 21 and 22 of the constitutional reform package in the first round voting.
The 27 article bill will be voted in two rounds. The bill will be voted article by article, and as a whole in both rounds. The bill needs to receive over 367 of the votes in order to be adopted. If it receives somewhere between 330 and 367 it will be put to referendum. If it receives less then 330 it will be rejected. Even if the bill receives enough votes, a second round will be held. The result of the second round of voting will count.
A total of 408 deputies attended the secret voting of Article 20 that lays down the working and trial procedures of the constitutional court. According to article 20, the constituional court will be made up of two chambers and a grand chamber.
338 deputies voted for article 20, while 70 voted against it.
The parliament also voted Article 21 on the election criteria for members of the Military Supreme Court.
408 deputies cast votes. 338 deputies voted for while 70 voted against it.
The parliament later voted Article 22 on the High Military Administrative Court. 407 deputies attended the vote. 335 deputies voted for the article while 70 voted against it.
The parliament will continue discussing the bill without interruption. The bill is comprised of 27 articles and the parliament's General Assembly debates constitutional amendment bills in two rounds.
In the first round, the parliament holds a secret vote on each article after speeches on the bill and its articles and hold 30 secret ballots on the bill in the first round.
According to parliament by-laws, the second round can start at least 48 hours after the first-round ends.
Thirty secret ballots will also be held in the second round.
The president can veto the constitutional amendment bills, and send them back to the parliament for a review.
If the parliament re-adopts the vetoed bill with two-thirds majority of the parliament (equals to 367 votes), the president can call for a referendum.
If the bill is adopted by votes below 367 and if it is not vetoed by the president, it will be published in the Official Gazette to be put to referendum.
The constitutional amendment bills or their articles which are not put to referendum are published in the Official Gazette.
On March 30, Turkish government made public its new constitutional amendment bill, comprised of 27 articles. It envisages amendments to the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), and closure of political parties.
It will abolish the provisional article 15 of the constitution which does not allow trial of the members of the military junta formed after a coup on in 1980.
The bill will also abolish the ban on right to general strike; paves the way for a citizen to become a member of more than one union, and the civil servants and other public officials the right to collective bargaining.
It also paves the way for trial of parliament speaker, chief of general staff, and senior commanders by the High Tribunal on charges of crimes they commit regarding their positions.
If the bill is to be put to referendum, it is expected to be voted as a whole.
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