Turkish lawmakers will continue to debate the country’s most-discussed constitutional amendment bill in a second and decisive round on 18th January.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (Ak Party) Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairman Bulent Turan said Monday that the lawmakers will meet at the general assembly on Wednesday to discuss the articles of the constitutional amendment in the second round of the parliamentary discussions.
The number of 18 articles in the amendment, which Ak Party’s deputies submitted to the parliament on Dec. 30, has been endorsed by two-thirds of the assembly by the support of opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) lawmakers in the non-binding round last week.
In the first round, the opposition parties in the assembly, which against the change on the constitution –the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)–, have presented some proposals on the articles however none of them have been accepted.
The discussions in the first round had begun on Jan. 9, ended on Sunday. In the second round, any article that does not get support of two-thirds of the assembly will be out of the package.
Releasing a statement, MHP Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairman Erkan Akcay said Monday that his party will stand firmly behind the amendment in the decisive round, and praised the proposed bill as he claimed that the balance between authority and responsibility will be ensured. TURKISH MPS TO DISCUSS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN A DECISIVE ROUND ON JAN 18 yazısının devamı