With Turkish Parliament's Constitutional Committee continuing to convene in efforts to discuss the articles included in the "mini-constitution" legislative package, the committee met on Wednesday to define and negotiate the articles to be included in the package. The committee which includes representatives from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reportedly discussed the current four-year period between parliamentary elections and proposed an increase to that timespan to five years. While the timespan between parliamentary elections came as an unexpected topic on the committee's agenda, the current deputies will not be affected by the amendment as they are to stay at their posts for four years.
In addition to the discussion on parliamentary elections, the committee's AK Party members discussed municipal elections which were to originally be held in spring 2019, presidential elections in August 2019 and the parliamentary elections to be held in November 2019. The AK Party members proposed to spread out all three elections over a three-year frame since Turkey is going through a critical period following the failed coup attempt.
It has been reported by sources close to the AK Party that opposition party members in the committee are in favor of the proposal. Another significant topic on the agenda of the Constitutional Committee is the division of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) into the Supreme Board of Judges and the Supreme Board of Prosecutors where all three parties have reportedly been in favor of the proposal. While the HSYK currently operates under three units, it is to be operated under one unit only with the division.