Par­lia­ment pre­pares for busy sched­ule ahead

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

WITH the sum­mer re­cess com­ing to an end, Turk­ish Par­lia­ment is set to re­sume its reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on Oct. 3.

The ex­ten­sion of the state of emer­gency, which was ap­proved on July 17 for three months, and the elec­tion of a new speaker are likely to dom­i­nate Par­lia­ment’s agenda once the new ses­sion be­gins.

With the last one held back in No­vem­ber 2015, the speaker elec­tion is sched­uled for next month.

The rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) is likely to re-nom­i­nate İs­mail Kahra­man for the post. and is also ex­pected to make alterations to its party base.

Mean­while, a draft res­o­lu­tion to en­act a me­di­a­tion pe­riod in la­bor re­la­tions was ex­pected to be voted on in Oc­to­ber.

The amend­ments to by­laws, adopted ear­lier this July, will also come into force dur­ing the new leg­is­la­tion pe­riod. Ac­cord­ingly, the amount of time al­lowed for deputies’ speeches will be short­ened and they will also not be al­lowed to bring ban­ners and flags into Par­lia­ment.

Hence­forth, the op­po­si­tion will not be able to ask the speaker to take the reg­is­ter any­time it wishes so that Par­lia­ment can op­er­ate ac­tively. The op­po­si­tion will only be able to ask the speaker to take the reg­is­ter when clauses or pro­pos­als are voted on in Par­lia­ment. The hours of op­er­a­tion will also ex­tend un­der the amend­ments to by­laws.

Rep­ri­mand and fines will also come into prac­tice. Ac­cord­ing to the new amend­ments, deputies may face tem­po­rary bans if they de­fame Par­lia­ment, the speaker, the Turk­ish na­tion, its his­tory or the con­sti­tu­tional or­der, which was stip­u­lated by the first four clauses of the Con­sti­tu­tion. The new by­laws also pro­hibit deputies from mak­ing of­fen­sive state­ments that go against con­sti­tu­tional or­der and from car­ry­ing guns in Par­lia­ment. Pun­ished deputies may also face mone­tary penal­ties.

Deputies may face a tem­po­rary ban if they are pun­ished with rep­ri­mand twice in a sin­gle ses­sion, five times within a month, or in cases of de­liv­er­ing speeches that tar­get Turkey’s in­tegrity and the Turk­ish na­tion, in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent, Par­lia­ment, the speaker, the bureau of the assem­bly, group deputy chair­men or the con­sti­tu­tional or­der. If a deputy brings a gun to Par­lia­ment or com­mits as­sault, he or she may also be handed a tem­po­rary ban.

Speak­ing at an open­ing cer­e­mony in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan elab­o­rated on the nov­el­ties of the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem.

“Leg­is­la­tion will not be un­der the con­trol of an ex­ec­u­tive or­gan any­more. Leg­is­la­tion will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the deputies. In case a de­cree con­tra­dicts the law, the law will re­main valid… As the separation of power is get­ting clearer in the new sys­tem, cit­i­zens will have the power to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion. Turkey has adopted such a sys­tem where na­tional in­ter­est will al­ways come first.”

He added that Par­lia­ment should work on mak­ing the new sys­tem more ef­fi­cient, say­ing that com­pre­hen­sive ju­di­ciary re­form should be made to help Turkey be­come one of the world’s 10 ma­jor coun­tries.

He said that Turkey has been grow­ing rapidly. The 5.1-per­cent growth rate sym­bol­izes the coun­try’s de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Stat­ing his will to make Turkey a ma­jor world power, Er­doğan said that he ex­pected the gov­ern­ment to take mea­sures that will ease the lives of Turk­ish cit­i­zens.

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