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Thursday, 29 September 2011

New Turkish constitution to be ready by first half of 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish government want a new constitution to replace the current Turkish constitution by the first half of 2012.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Erdogan said: “We will concentrate on this issue of making a new constitution with the opening of Parliament on Saturday. We hope to be done with this issue in the first half of 2012.”

Erdogan also referenced the recent decision by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) to end its abandonment of parliament and agree to join the parliamentary proceedings, Erdogan said: “You reporters are following me closely. You know I said earlier that the BDP was going to come to Parliament. I had said the same thing about the Republican People’s Party (CHP) as well. The CHP has already come. Our expectations for the BDP’s return also came true with their announcement yesterday.” Erdogan also stated that should the BDP form a parliamentary group, then they could be eligible to help form the new constitution of Turkey.

Erdogan has previously stated that the new Turkish constitution will be a world leading constitution and will be an example for other countries to follow. The old constitution was drafted under martial law after the 1980 military coup and it had been decided that a new constitution was needed in Turkey to give more rights and freedom to people in Turkey.

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