Gov't to work with opposition on adjustment laws

Published 25.04.2017 01:02

The government will try to reconcile with the opposition on adjustment laws following the approval of the constitutional changes on April 16, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said late on Sunday.

Speaking with journalists at a ceremony held to mark the 97th anniversary of the opening of Parliament, Yıldırım said the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government will look for ways to come to common terms with the opposition on adjustment laws.

"We prefer to reconcile with the opposition as much as possible to make adjustment laws," Yıldırım said. However, the prime minister added that the government would go on to make the adjustment laws if there is no consensus between the government and the opposition.

In response to a question about the discussion over the constitutional debate in Parliament on April 23, the prime minister said that such things can happen, noting: "The Parliament is the house of the people. Everyone shared their thoughts and what they know," he said.

"With the accepted constitutional articles, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors is being reformed. There are also certain laws on the Supreme Military Court and the Military High Administrative Court," Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ told Daily Sabah recently, adding that the government has already kicked off efforts to make the adjustment laws.

"On the other hand, there are adjustment laws that will be implemented with regard to the law affecting political parties, local administrations and members of parliament in the context of elections," he said. "After the definite results of the referendum are published in the Official Gazette, we will send our work to the Council of Ministers and the enactment process will begin."

The Turkish people voted in favor of constitutional changes on April 16. The government and the opposition were in disagreement after the latter complained about the referendum results. According to unofficial results, the votes in favor of the constitutional changes totaled more than 51.4 percent, while those voting against the reform came in at 48.6 percent.

However, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) challenged the results. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the Supreme Election Board's (YSK) decision to count unstamped ballots in the referendum. The YSK rejected the party's petition to annul the referendum results last week.

It remains unknown whether the opposition will be eager to come to terms with the government regarding the adjustment laws after the dispute over the referendum results.

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