Turkey expects to complete draft for new constitution in April

Turkish prime minister says he expects to present draft of new constitution to parliament by end of April

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a meeting of the governing Justice and Development (AK Party) in parliament in capital Ankara.

A draft for a new constitution in Turkey will be presented to parliament by the end of April, said Turkish Prime Minister on Wednesday.

The prime minister’s remark came during the governing Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) meeting at AK Party headquarters at the capital, Ankara

He said he is planning to present the draft after finishing all preparations for the new constitution, which has been “in our people’s mind and dreams.”

“At the end of the process, we shall have completed our own constitutional proposals, in the latest, within two months,” said Davutoglu.

“I will participate in the work.”

In 2013, Turkey’s parliamentary parties formed a commission to replace the current constitution, which was introduced after the army overthrew the elected government by a military coup on September 12, 1980.

The commission could only agree on 60 articles before it was disbanded, after opposition party members walked out of it amid disagreement over the presidential system, which was proposed by the AK Party.

Following the meeting, deputy chairman of AK Party, Omer Celik, accused the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) of sabotaging the process to draft a new charter.

“To tell the truth, the CHP does not want to create a new constitution,” Celik said.

“We want to make the first constitution of the new Turkey, [while] they insist on the constitution of old Turkey.”

The Constitution Conciliation Committee of 12 deputies - three from each of Turkey’s four parliamentary parties - first met on Feb. 3.

As a result, Turkish Parliament Speaker, Ismail Kahraman had announced the dissolution of the committee.

TRTWorld and agencies