Turkish PM proposes real constitutional reform

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu proposes to introduce long-lasting new constitution with actual reforms

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu spoke in a live interview broadcast on a private channel late on December 30.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu emphasized the necessity of introducing a new constitution which should be long lasting and have actual reforms, during a live interview broadcast on a private TV channel late on Wednesday.

Following his meeting with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu earlier in the day, Davutoglu said that "We want a new constitution, an actual constitutional reform. That's what we agreed with Mr. Kilicdaroglu  and Sep. 12 constitution will be abolished".

The current constitution of Turkey was drafted on September 12, 1982 after a military coup and has undergone several amendments since then.

‘’We are in favour of a civil politics that is completely refined from the constitutional laws of Sept. 12 military coup. So, other than revisions, we wish for actual constitutional reforms.’’ Turkish PM said.

Davutoglu also stressed that the new constitution should be based on common ground and with the agreement of the political parties in the parliament, he also noted that the discussions with CHP leader were really helpful.

‘’We should create such an institution that it should not be shaped by the current conjuncture, namely it should not be personalised.’’ Davutoglu said.

He also said that "The new constitution will be an explicit, concise yet a complete one that includes no restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms, without any monopolization of power."

Davutoglu noted that the backbone of the constitution should be defined by the relations between the institutions, and its spirit, characterized by how it regards the relation between the individual and the state.

Transition to presidential system

Turkish PM also said that a new constitution in Turkey must be followed by a transition to the presidential system from the parliamentary system.

"The right thing to do is to shift our political system to presidency. When we define the presidential system in line with that spirit, it will never turn into a dictatorship or authoritarianism as claimed," he said.

Davutoglu also called on opposition parties to openly evaluate the model or any possible model that they can suggest.

‘’However, such claims like ‘presidential system leads to dictatorship or it will divide country with a federal structure’ are not true.” he said.

Davutoglu also said that the rights of property, demonstration and the freedom of press will be kept under the presidential system, similarly to the parliamentary system.

TRTWorld and agencies