World Bulletin / News Desk
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has decided to loosen its party's strict bylaw preventing deputies from being elected to Parliament for more than three terms, making it possible for them to run for Parliament again following a waiting period of one government term.
The AK Party discussed the changes at a Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting on Monday.
According to the planned changes, it will be possible to nominate AK Party deputies or ministers who are unable to run for a fourth term in Parliament in local elections, for the mayoralty of metropolitan provinces such as İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir. It will also be possible for mayors who have served three consecutive terms to be elected to Parliament.
The governing party plans to adopt these changes at the next party congress, slated for Sept. 30.
In remarks that appeared in the media on Wednesday, some AK Party officials said the 132nd article in the party bylaw preventing those who have run for Parliament on three consecutive occasions from running for Parliament again, regardless of whether they have been elected on each occasion, would also be amended.
According to the remarks of officials: “We will change this article from ‘those who have run for Parliament for three consecutive terms' to ‘those who have been elected to Parliament for three consecutive terms [cannot run for the fourth time].' There are some who have served in Parliament for one legislative term, then run for Parliament twice in subsequent elections, but have failed to be elected. These colleagues are also banned from running for Parliament for a fourth time, although they were not elected every time they ran for Parliament. This is not fair.”
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