A delegation from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) visited the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Thursday in a bid to draw a roadmap for preparations for a new constitution and the two parties reached an agreement on the method of preparations.
The AK Party delegation is led by the party’s deputy chairman, Ömer Çelik, and includes Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, AK Party Ankara deputy Ahmet İyimaya and Parliamentary constitutional commission head Burhan Kuzu. The delegation met with a group of CHP officials, which included CHP Deputy Chairman Atilla Emek, CHP Secretary-General Bihlun Tamaylıgil, CHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Akif Hamzaçebi and CHP Party Council (PM) member Süheyl Batum at CHP headquarters in Ankara.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Çelik said the two parties have reached an agreement that a reconciliation commission led by Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek should conduct preparations for the new constitution and that the number one item on the agenda for Parliament in the new term should be the new constitution. Çelik underlined that opinions on the content of the new constitution were not discussed during the meeting as it will be the task of the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission to discuss content of the new charter.
In a first round of talks, the AK Party met with the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to exchange views on constitution-making process on Wednesday. The meeting was termed as a positive one by the ruling party.
29 September 2011, Thursday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,