Turkish PM vows more democratic constitution

Erdogan said the making of a new constitution was the top agenda of Turkish politics and the national assembly, adding that “a very positive environment existed where everyone agreed that a new constitution is a must.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday pledged to make a new constitution in Turkey that would rise democratic standards of the country as well as expand rights and freedoms.

“The new constitution will be made by our nation not by bureaucratic ideologies. And the constitution we need will boost our democracy and expand rights and freedoms,” Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Kizilcahamam, near the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Erdogan said the making of a new constitution was the top agenda of Turkish politics and the national assembly, adding that “a very positive environment existed where everyone agreed that a new constitution is a must.”

“All citizens of the Turkish Republic will feel themselves as ‘the host’ in their own country. This will be a constitution that cements their sense of identity. This will be the fruit of a wide social consensus that protects the rights of all our citizens,” he said.

Turkey’s current was made after the military coup of 1980. It has been largely amended through time mainly in line with Turkey’s drive to join the European Union.

 

 

 

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15 October 2011 Saturday