Turkish president says law reform bill may change

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the law reform bill could change in the General Assembly.

Turkish president says law reform bill may change
World Bulletin / News Desk 

The bill proposed by ruling AK Party on amending Turkey's top judicial body may go through changes when it is up for discussion this week at the Parliament, President Abdullah Gul said Monday.

"We need to see how the law will pass. There is still room for change in the General Assembly," Gul said during a joint conference with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

The proposed bill to restructure the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was approved by a parliamentary commission on Thursday. If passed by the Parliament, it will be submitted to President Gul for ratification.

"Let the bill pass first; then you will see what I will do," Gul said.

The bill proposes transferring some of the powers of the HSYK to its chair - Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

AK Party had earlier sought partnership with 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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