Parliament breaks for recess after authorizing cabinet to issue decree laws
The Turkish Parliament went on a break late May 16 after authorizing the cabinet to issue decree laws for the completion of harmonizing some key laws within the amended constitution before the June 24 elections.
The parliament will re-open with the new configuration after the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections. The first session will be held three days after the Supreme Board of Election’s (YSK) announcement of the election results.
The parliament could not accomplish the harmonization of some key laws within the constitution that had been amended through a referendum in April 2017. The cabinet will use the authority given by parliament to complete the harmonization of the laws before the June 24 polls. Turkey will mark a new era in the aftermath of the upcoming polls that grants excessive powers to the president while abolishing the office of the prime minister.
According to the constitution, legislative changes must first be submitted to parliament before being referred to the related constitutional parliamentary commission. After due assessment by the commission, the draft is submitted to parliament’s General Assembly for discussion by MPs and then voted on.
With the enactment, the cabinet of ministers will pass the legislation without this process.