AKP stands by its paid military service bill: Group deputy chair
“As the AKP, we are behind our bill. The General Assembly’s discretion is welcomed by us. There can be alterations and revisions; nevertheless, it is not possible for us to withdraw the bill,” Turan told Demirören News Agency on June 12.
“We wanted the bill to pass this week. Yet, due to some concerns in the current situation, we saw fit for some articles to be discussed again,” he added.
With the new system, Turkish citizens will be required to undergo a one-month-long military training and will be exempted from the remaining five months of service by paying 31,000 Turkish Liras (around $5,365), according to the bill’s draft.
Lawmakers from political parties including the AKP, its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) kicked off debates on the bill, voicing their concerns and suggestions.
Meanwhile, CHP’s İzmir Deputy Mehmet Ali Çelebi underlined that reducing the military service time span to six months will generate a “matter of survival,” because there will exist a serious deficiency in the amount of soldiers performing military duty.
He said lawmakers need more information from the chief of defense about how the proposed law would impact the military, Çelebi stressed.
“If we lift the 21-day-long training, we will remove unnecessary costs, workload and squandering,” he said.
The parliament sessions will proceed for three consecutive days until June 13.