Turkish opposition happy with key reform rejection, hopes more

8th article of --the government backed-- constitutional amendment package, tieing dissolution of political parties to the permission of a parliamentary committee, was rejected in the parliament in the second round voting.

Turkish opposition happy with key reform rejection, hopes more

Turkey's main secularist opposition party said on Tuesday it would vote for a constitutional amendment bill if two more articles of the bill were dropped in the second round of voting at parliament.

The comment comes after the 8th article of --the government backed-- constitutional amendment package, tieing dissolution of political parties to the permission of a parliamentary committee, was rejected in the parliament in the second round voting.

The 8th article failed to recieve enough votes to pass the threshold of 330 votes and was rejected on Monday.

Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said his party would vote in favor of the whole of the constitutional amendment bill if two more articles of the bill were rejected in the second round.

"In such case, we will do our best to pass the bill with votes sufficient enough to be adopted without a referendum," Baykal said during the gathering of his party at parliament.

The two other articles Baykal refers to are related with the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).

The second round of the voting which began on May 2, Sunday will last until May 9.

AK Party holds 336 seats in the parliament. However the parliament speakers are not allowed to vote in the parliament which reduces potential votes in favour of the bill to 335.

Both the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) declared they would not support the bill.

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which criticised the amendment boycotted the voting in the first round.

The articles and entirety of 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 any of the articles receive less then 330 it will be automatically rejected. If during the voting of the package as a whole it receives less then 330 it will be rejected.

If the bill is to be put to referendum, it is expected to be voted as a whole.


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