Turkish PM Davutoglu meets with nationalist leader Bahceli

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu meets with nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli to discuss steps to be taken for new constitution

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Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli shakes hand at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, Turkey on January 4, 2016.

Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday has met with Nationalist Movement party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli in order to discuss the four main topics in his agenda, including new constitution and as well as presidential system.

The meeting started at 14:00 local time in Bahceli’s office located inside of the parliament building in Turkey’s capital of Ankara.

Within the scope of series of meetings with opposition leaders, PM Davutoglu seeks to build a healthy dialogue between governing and opposition parties in the beginning of a new term.

On Dec. 30, Davutoglu held his first meeting with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Talking before the first meeting, PM Davutoglu said that there are four main topics in his agenda including building a new constitution, discussing internal regulations of the parliament, support for enacting compliance regulations with the European Union and introducing presidential system.

Davutoglu also emphasised that “building a new constitution stands at the center of this agenda.”

Mentioning that the current Turkish constitution, which came into effect after the army overthrew the elected government by a military coup on Sept.12 1980, does not embrace the whole society, Davutoglu also said that Turkey needs "to form a new constitution on the widest possible base."

Following the meeting Davutoglu and Kilicdaroglu agreed on removing the legal system of the September 12 legislation, forming a Constitutional Reconciliation Commission, changing internal regulations of the parliament and taking steps in order to comply with EU law quickly.

Bahceli announced ‘red lines’

Nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli is expected to have a positive approach towards building a new, civilian constitution. However, he announced keeping the first four articles of the existing text as his ‘red lines’ during the negotiations.

The first articles of Turkey’s constitution define the characteristics of the Turkish state as secular, democratic, social and rule of law.

Meanwhile, Bahceli proposed Davutoglu to record the meeting in order to prevent misinterpretation of the content by the both sides. Bahceli claimed that this happened during the coalition talks between MHP and governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2015.

TRTWorld, AA