Turkey: Speaker submits draft by-law changes

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim submitted on Monday new draft by-law changes to be implemented under the new presidential system.

The revised by-laws cover a wide range of issues — from when the ministers take their oath to how the budget bill is to be debated.

The changes stipulate that parliament is to debate presidential decrees in three months. If the parliament cannot debate the presidential decrees in three months, the decree will be automatically abolished.

The parliament can also extend the state of emergency for four months in line with the demand of president.

The members of the cabinet will be able to attend the general assembly during the budget debate.

However, they can only attend other bill debates with the permission of the parliament speaker.

In an April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system.