Davutoglu urges opposition parties to change constitution

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls opposition parties in Parliament to give adequate support to make new constitution and ‘bury September 12 constitution in history'

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left 8) and the cabinet members attend a meeting for announcement of the 64th government 2016 Action Plan, at ATO Congresium in Ankara on Dec. 10, 2015

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has urged opposition parties in the Turkish Parliament to give essential support to the latest Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government to make a new constitution “burying the September 12 constitution in history.”

“I will discuss with other party leaders the necessity of Turkey having a new constitution,” Davutoglu said in a speech underlying Turkey’s 64th Government Action Plan in the capital Ankara on Thursday.

“Invoking common sense, following the most correct way, and gathering the most possible broad participation, I believe we can create a new constitution,” he underlined.

He emphasised that the constitution issue of the country is not a personal issue, therefore, partisan approaches and political differences should not dominate the procedure of its change.

“Once again I am calling all the party leaders from here to come together in order to bury the September 12 constitution, which is a remnant of military coups [of Turkey] and a disgrace for all of us, in history,” he urged.

“Instead, all together we could make a contemporary, democratic, and libertarian constitution with which we all can be proud of it,” he added.

Turkey’s present 1982 constitution, which has strengthened the position of the military in governance, came in effect after the army overthrew the elected government by a military coup on September 12, 1980.

Davutoglu has also revealed a large economic stimulus package concerning students, small business owners, minimum wage, and pensioners as a part of the new government programme.

The 64th Government Action Plan has been divided into several different time periods to which the AK Party government is supposed to be implementing its policies in a week, three months, six months, and further.

The AK Party won almost half of the nation’s votes, increasing its votes to 49.5 percent on the Nov. 1 snap election, up from 40.8 percent outcome of the June 7 general election.

Among the 550 seats voted in 85 electoral districts, AK Party gained 317 parliamentarians giving the party a decided authority to form a single-party government according to the final official results.

TRTWorld and agencies