In Türkiye, president calls on all political parties, academics, and other experts to contribute to drafting new constitution

14 September 2023
Flag of Turkey (photo credit: musakose via pixabay)
Flag of Turkey (photo credit: musakose via pixabay)
President Erdoğan reiterated his call for a new, civilian constitution for Türkiye and urged all parties, academics and experts to contribute to drafting it to replace the current Constitution, the legacy of the military junta that took power 43 years ago. The Presidency’s Directorate of Communications and Legal Policies Board hosted a symposium entitled “2023 Constitution to Replace 1982 Constitution” on [12 September], the 43rd anniversary of a coup by the military junta that drafted the current Constitution. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reaffirmed the desire to introduce a brand-new and fully “civilian” constitution in a speech at the symposium. He called upon all political parties, academics specialized in the field and other experts to help them draft the new constitution. [...] The debate on crafting a new constitution has become more prominent after Türkiye reelected incumbent President Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in last May’s landmark elections. Erdoğan has been pushing to replace the current institution in favor of a “civilian, libertarian and inclusive constitution” when the opportunity arises. For a new constitution draft to pass in Parliament, it needs at least 400 lawmakers to ratify it. Anything over 360 votes would pave the way for a referendum, allowing the people to decide.
Read the full article here: Daily Sabah


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