Turkey to end first round of talks, reform on coup plotters passed

Turkey voted Article 25 of a constitutional bill that would allow for the court trial of members of the National Security Council formed after the coup d'etat on Septenber 12 1980.

Turkey to end first round of talks, reform on coup plotters passed

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will complete the first round of reform talks, debating Articles 26, 27.

Turkish parliament early on Wednesday voted Article 25 of a constitutional bill that would allow for the court trial of members of the National Security Council formed after the coup d'etat on Septenber 12 1980.

The bill, which scraps provisional Article 15 of the current constitution, received 336 votes in favor and 70 against as one vote was empty, Anadolu news agency said.

The amendment also would allow for the trial of government members as well as members of a consultation assembly back then.

The lawmakers also voted Article 24 that grants constitutional guarantees to Turkey's Economic and Social Council.

The article was received 340 in favor -- the highest number of votes in favor ever since the parliament started debating the reform package last week -- and 69 votes against.

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.

"New structure for HSYK"

Turkish Parliament also adopted a Constitutional amendment regarding the structure of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Tuesday.

336 deputies voted in favor of Article 23 of a Constitutional bill while 72 voted against.

Article 23 of the Constitutional bill actually amends Article 159 of the Turkish Constitution.

With the new amendment, the number of HSYK members went up to 22 from a former number of 7. The amendment changed the number of HSYK alternate members from 5 to 12.

According to Article 23, the Turkish Justice Minister will continue to chair the HSYK.

"Second round"

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.

 

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