Turkish parliament opens amid democratic reforms

Parliament Speaker Cicek inaugurated the fourth legislative year within the 24th term

Turkish parliament opens amid democratic reforms

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish parliament has begun working after a two-and-a-half month break as Turkey braces for a new wave of democratic reforms announced on Monday by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaker Cemil Cicek delivered opening remarks at the first Parliament session on Tuesday, referring to a number of domestic, regional and international issues that bear significance for the Republic of Turkey.

"TBMM (Turkish parliament) represents the heart of our nation, the Republic and democracy. This institution has its own spirit and character," Cicek told MPs.

"The more aware we are of this reality in our words and actions, the more power and esteem we will garner as parliamentarians," he cautioned.

Erdogan unveiled a 'democratization package' on Monday that proposes reforms to extend political rights, ensure better accountability for hate crimes and discrimination, and address demands for education in mother tongue, among other amendments.

Erdogan says the reforms are only the beginning and part of an ongoing process of democratization, while opposition leaders maintain the package has failed to meet expectations.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2013, 16:19

Muhammed Öylek