New bylaw to accelerate legislative agenda

Published 26.09.2017 20:37

New changes to the parliamentary bylaw will allow for assembly agendas to be completed at earlier hours, reducing late night work in Parliament.

The news came from Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Group Deputy Chairman Mustafa Elitaş, who said that with the new changes it would be possible to complete the Parliament's agenda by 9:00 p.m., with the exception of any unusual development.

The move was prompted after it was deemed that the Parliament work hours were not being used effectively, Elitaş said. The AK Party deputy added that the opposition has been bringing up issues outside the agenda using a loophole in the parliamentary bylaws.

Highlighting that there have been 326 group proposals in the 26th term of Parliament, the deputy chair said that these added to Parliament's workload.

"If you assume that each proposal is discussed for an hour, a calendar is comprised where 326 hours are only spent on group discussions," he said.

Elitaş stressed that around only five of the work hours are being spent on issues related to the agenda, even though Parliament was open for around 12 hours.

According to the new changes work hours in Parliament will start at 2 p.m. except on Tuesdays.

"When we start at that time, we will have time to discuss proposals and issues outside of the agenda for an hour," Elitaş said, adding that the overall agenda will be completed by 9:00 p.m.

Commenting on the third parliamentary session, which will begin on Oct. 1, Parliament's Deputy Chairman Akif Hamzaçebi said that the general assembly will follow the new changes to the parliamentary bylaw.

Hamzaçebi underscored that political conjuncture, the issue of arrested deputies, and political tensions have been adversely affecting the workings of the Parliament.

"However, in any case, it is possible to create a tension-free atmosphere in the Parliament," he added.

Referring to the changes, Hamzaçebi said that the speed of the legislative process could be accelerated with an environment of reconciliation.

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