Turkish Deputy PM: Turkish judiciary draft law to remain

Deputy PM Arinc addresses the draft law restructuring Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), Geneva II conference and northern Iraqi oil transport after a Council of Ministers meeting.

Turkish Deputy PM: Turkish judiciary draft law to remain

World Bulletin / News Desk

The draft law restructuring Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) would not be withdrawn, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bulent Arinc said after the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in capital Ankara.

Regarding the reactions of the European Union (EU) on the draft law, Arinc said the EU should not make any statements or criticisms about a draft law which was being debated in Turkish Parliament.

Turkey's ruling AK Party proposed a bill to amend the composition of Turkey's top judicial board which governs the affairs of judges and prosecutors.

Oppositon parties' views matter in restructing HSYK

It is important to pay attention to the views of opposition parties if there will be an amendment to Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the country's top judicial body, said Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek on Monday.

After addressing Turkish ambassadors at the beginning of a week-long meeting at the 6th annual Turkish Ambassadors' Conference, Cicek told reporters that "the recent conflicts occupy Turkey a lot both at home and abroad."

"The most sweeping solution to this may be restructuring the HSYK," he said.

Stressing that no one has the right to "whitewash corruption," he added, "Whatever is needed to prevent covering corruption must be done."

When asked about Turkish President Abdullah Gul's meeting with opposition leaders over the bill to amend the HSYK's composition, which the opposition sees as a "threat" to the top judicial body, he said that the president was exerting an effort to find a solution.

"The president will make a decision by listening to all opposition leaders," he said.

Gul invited the leaders of opposition parties on Monday to hear their views on the latest developments in amending the HSYK and related controversies.

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