Sys­tem re­boot

AK Party pre­pares to re­lease rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prov­ing the Pres­i­den­tial sys­tem


Af­ter a year, Vice President Fuat Ok­tay has com­pleted his study of the short­com­ings of the Pres­i­den­tial Gov­ern­ment Sys­tem. Dur­ing the course of his work, Ok­tay looked at the in­ter­nal func­tion­ing of the min­istries and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the min­istries and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and the Pres­i­dency, leg­isla­tive pro­cesses and the role of the ex­ec­u­tive. Some of the is­sues he ex­am­ined were whether the new sys­tem ended over­laps in man­age­ment and how much it reduced the bu­reau­cracy. In or­der to make a healthy as­sess­ment, the opin­ions of busi­ness and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions were in­cluded and President Er­do­gan held meet­ings with MPs.

Upon com­ple­tion, a pre­sen­ta­tion was made to the President. The study, which as­sesses the per­for­mance of the Pres­i­den­tial sys­tem and in­cludes steps to be taken in or­der to make it more ef­fi­cient, is ex­pected to be shared with the pub­lic this month.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, there will be no reg­u­la­tion in the Pres­i­den­tial Gov­ern­ment Sys­tem that will re­quire a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment. It is ex­pected that a num­ber of steps will be taken to elim­i­nate the prob­lems aris­ing from its ap­pli­ca­tion with­out touch­ing the essence of the sys­tem.

Min­is­ters to be held ac­count­able to par­lia­ment

To ad­dress crit­i­cisms of deputies, who have com­plained that it is hard to hold min­is­ters to ac­count, the ‘min­is­ter on call’ prac­tice of the old sys­tem is ex­pected to start again as of Oc­to­ber 1, with the be­gin­ning of the new leg­isla­tive year. In or­der to es­tab­lish a link be­tween the leg­isla­tive and the ex­ec­u­tive, min­is­ters will be re­quired come to Par­lia­ment from time to time to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion. In or­der to strengthen the min­istries, the un­der­sec­re­tariat of the old sys­tem will be re-es­tab­lished.

In or­der to ad­dress crit­i­cisms that ‘the par­lia­ment has be­come dys­func­tional with the new sys­tem’, steps will be taken to im­prove the qual­ity of leg­isla­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in the par­lia­ment, strengthen com­mis­sions and shape the leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als in com­mis­sions.

Will the cab­i­net change?

The ques­tion re­mains whether there will be a shake up in the Pres­i­den­tial Cab­i­net. As the re­sults of the lo­cal elec­tions ne­ces­si­tate a change in the AK Party, a cab­i­net reshuf­fle is in the cards, but no change is ex­pected in the near fu­ture.

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