Turkish Parliament passes part of law package on top judicial body

Harsh language and fist-fights have marred the parliamentary debates on the package since Tuesday.

Turkish Parliament passes part of law package on top judicial body

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish Parliament passed a portion of a law package on the country's top institution that administers the judiciary late on Friday.

The new law - proposed by ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party - allows the government to have more say on the vocational training of judiciary officials.

It transfers the training activities from the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to Turkish Justice Acedemy, whose members will be chosen by the Justice Ministry.

Harsh language and fist-fights have marred the parliamentary debates on the package since Tuesday.

The parliamentary session on Friday saw opposition parties bring motions on every one of the 13 articles under discussion for being in violation of the constitution.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier his government was determined to have the 22-article package passed but it would "freeze a part of it for the time being."

Main opposition CHP's group deputy chairman Akif Hamzacebi called the package a "law of chaos."

"I find it positive that the HSYK regulations will be suspended for a while. I hope the Parliament will not have to return to these erroneous articles and faulty regulations."

The law package to restructure the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was approved by a parliamentary commission on January 16. If passed by the parliament the bill will transfer some of the powers of the HSYK to its chair - Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. Then it will be submitted to President Gul for ratification.

AK Party had earlier sought partnership with the opposition parties for a constitutional amendment to change the HSYK. The plan fell by the wayside after the two largest opposition parties - CHP and MHP - rejected AK Party's offer.

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