Turkish Parliament speaker seeks constitutional committee

Turkish Parliament speaker urges four party leaders, who have their own groups at national assembly, to support efforts to change current constitution by establishing new constitutional committee

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Turkish parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman speaks to journalists during a press conference in Ankara on Jan. 8, 2016.

Turkish Parliament speaker, Ismail Kahraman, has called on the four party leaders to establish a committee to change the 34-year-old constitution, written under the latest military regime of Turkey.

Kahraman's remarks came up during a press conference on Friday, following a broad consensus among the political parties in parliament to work together to change the country’s current constitution.

"I will send letters to the heads of Justice and Development Party [AK Party], Republican People’s Party [CHP], Nationalist Movement Party [MHP] and Peoples' Democratic Party [HDP]," Kahraman said.

The new conciliation committee would have three deputies from each party, similar to its predecessor, Kahraman stated.

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

The previous commission could only agree on 60 articles before it was disbanded.

Governing AK Party aims to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential model under a new constitution. However, opposition parties have repeatedly declared that they support the parliamentary system.

TRTWorld, AA