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.