Dec 24 2017

Decree laws mark the end of Turkish Parliament - columnist

The latest decree laws issued by the Turkish government on Sunday morning means the Turkish Parliament is practically circumvented, columnist Deniz Yıldırım said on Turkish news website ABC Gazetesi.

Turkey has been ruled under the state of emergency since the July 2016 coup attempt, allowing the government to issue decree laws which bypass legislative and judicial procedures.

The latest two decrees, No. 695 and No. 696, entered into force during the long recess period of the Turkish Parliament, Yıldırım said.

The ruling AKP passed the 2018 budget by midnight on Friday and the legislative period is on recess until Jan 9, 2018.

This timing symbolises the shutdown of the parliament, Yıldırım wrote.

The second decree is an omnibus bill, which indicates the transfer of legislative powers to the President’s Palace.

The decree regulates almost everything. Regulates sub-contractors in the labour market, gives immunity to the trustees appointed by the government to local administrations, changes number of board members in various state institutions, has new rules on armed military drones and military industry, and creates exception clauses on provincial budgets... You name it.

There is no point in not regulating labour market during the working period of the parliament, other than creating a narrative around how the state of emergency is ‘good for the people,’ Yıldırım said.

The state of emergency, therefore, is not an extraordinary state, but the permanent state of affairs in Turkey, he said.

By making economy a matter of national security, and security as an economic priority, Yıldırım wrote, the ruling party hides its failures in the administration of Turkey’s economy behind a call for the national defence.

Turkey is no longer a parliamentary republic, Yıldırım wrote, it is a one-man regime centred around the president.

This is the “Palace Regime.”