Turkish opposition, HSYK talk tough on govt reform package

Council of Presidents of the Supreme Court Chambers will convene today to discuss the government's constitutional amendments bill.

Turkish opposition, HSYK talk tough on govt reform package

Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) accused the government of trying to infiltrate into the judiciary with the constitutional amendment bill.

Vice President of HSYK Kadir Ozbek told Anadolu news agency, the constitutional amendment package was "a government attempt to occupy a place in the judiciary."

HSYK is known for its opposition to the ruling AK Party.

He said the method employed in preparation of the bill "lacked fundamental elements like consensus and permanence which were vital for constitutional amendments, when EU's expectations and the sake of democratization were considered."

Meanwhile, the main secularist opposition party, CHP, quickly also has said that it would not support the government's constitutional amendment package.

Ozbek said this situation could "create serious drawbacks at present and in the future."

Ozbek who said it seemed like the number and origin of new members to be added to HSYK has been subject of negotiations, underlining that government made certain arrangements as hushmoney intended for certain professions from among which new members would be elected.

Council of Presidents of the Supreme Court Chambers will convene today to discuss the government's constitutional amendments bill.

"Accusations"


CHP or Republican People's Party says it will only support the abolishment of the provisional article 15, if the government brings it separately to parliament floor, refusing to support the whole bill.

Second opposition Nationalist Movement Party said earlier that the government was "attempting to politicise the judiciary" and "subordinate the judiciary to the executive branch".

The government bill foresees amendments to 22 articles of the Constitution, including the articles 10, 20, 23, 41, 53, 69, 74, 84, 94, 125, 128, 129, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 156 and 159.

The government bill also aims to abolish the provisional article 15 of the constitution which prevents trial of Generals who led the coup on September 12, 1980.

The bill also aims to enable trial of military personnel at civilian courts on charges of crimes they commit against security of the state and the constitutional order.

The bill wants to increase the number of members of the Constitutional Court to 19, also bringing arrangements to allow the parliament to elect members to the court.

Actually, the court consists of 11 permanent and four associate members.

The bill also paves the way for appeals to the decisions of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) at courts, which are currently outside of judiciary supervision.

The bill among other things aims to bring the right to collective bargaining for Civil servants and the other public workers and tie closure of political parties to permission of a parliamentary committee, which is currently only under the authority of the Constitutional Court.

The AK Party, which first swept to power in 2002 ending the secularists' decades-old grip, has enough votes in the 550-seat parliament to pass a bill calling for a referendum.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2010, 15:27

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