Turkish Parliament to start new legislative year

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek will chair the Parliamentary General Assembly, which will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Turkish Parliament to start new legislative year

World Bulletin / New Desk 

The Turkish Parliament will start a new legislative year on Monday after a three-month summer recess, commencing the third year of its 24th term.

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek will chair the Parliamentary General Assembly, which will convene at 3:00 p.m.

President Abdullah Gül is expected to deliver the opening speech, touching on a series topics including the fight against terrorism, the new constitution, developments in the economy and foreign policy.

A parliamentary reception which is held annually on Oct. 1 to mark the start of the legislative year was cancelled due to the recent spike in the number of soldiers killed in clashes with PKK militants, the Parliament Speaker's Office announced last month.

The first topic expected to be on the agenda of the General Assembly of Parliament -- to be discussed on Thursday -- is a government motion seeking a one-year extension of a mandate to conduct cross-border military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The current resolution providing the legal basis for such operations expires on Oct. 17.

Also high on the agenda is an amendment proposed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) concerning a change of date for the upcoming local elections. This proposal will also be discussed on Thursday.

The two political parties agreed to hold local elections next year on Oct. 27 and prepared an official proposal regarding the change of the date of the elections.

A sub-commission of the parliamentary Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission, which is investigating the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup, is scheduled to hear testimony from former Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Özkök on Oct. 4 about coup attempts within the Turkish military.

Another important topic is the new constitution, which is being prepared by a sub-commission of the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission.

Completion of the draft is scheduled for the end of the year and it will be opened to public discussion in 2013. Following this step, the finalized proposal will be ready to present to Parliament.

Parliament is also expected to discuss the removal of pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies who were recently caught on film embracing PKK, an incident which sparked heated debates over parliamentary immunity for BDP deputies.

The video, which made its way into the Turkish media in August, showed terrorists from the PKK and nine BDP deputies led by the party's co-chairwoman Gülten Kışanak hugging and chatting with one another on a roadside in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2012, 15:32