Turkey’s parliament allocated increased budget despite diminished authority

Duvar English 

Despite having its authority considerably weakened following Turkey’s transition to a presidential system in 2018, the country’s parliament will be granted a budget of 1.89 billion TL for 2021, an increase of 8.4 pct. compared to this year, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop said. 

Turkish voters said “yes” to shifting the country’s governance system to an executive presidency with a controversial referendum on constitutional amendments on April 16, 2017.

The country shifted to the system officially on July 9, 2018, replacing a 95-year-old parliamentary system.

The system granted sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and allowed him to be both the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the president at the same time.

Speaking in parliament, Şentop said that parliament had been working at full speed in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We take the necessary precautions immediately, carefully and meticulously in order for the deputies to carry out their General Assembly studies, commissions and press conferences in a healthy environment,” Şentop said. 

On the other hand, during the current parliamentary period, only 4299 out of 34,713 parliamentary inquiries had received responses.

The opposition said that these inquiries addressed to cabinet ministries are the only check on the government that deputies have left, and they go routinely unanswered. 

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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