Adviser to Turkish PM: Turkish ruling party to fail to independently change constitution

Adviser to Turkish PM: Turkish ruling party to fail to independently change constitution

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 14 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /

Despite the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) victory inthe parliamentary elections in Turkey, the AKP has not received therequired number of seats in the parliament to independently change theconstitution, Adviser to Turkish Prime Minister on Eurasia Geybulla
Ramazanoglu said.

"The AKP will fail to change the constitution and bring it to areferendum," he told Trend over the phone from Ankara.

AKP, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the electionslast Sunday as expected, gaining 50 percent of votes.

As a result, Erdogan's party will receive 326 seats in the newparliament. The party will be able to form a single-party government.

But it is not allowed to accept a draft new constitution in theParliament and to hold a referendum on it, which was repeatedlystressed by the representatives of the ruling party.

According to the Turkish Constitution, the government must be formed within 45 days from the date when the president gives the instructions to the party leader.

Ramazanoglu said Erdogan's government should compromise with opposition parties to adopt a new constitution.

"The only chance to adopt a new constitution is to agree and to cooperate with the opposition," he said.

After the elections Erdogan delivered a speech to express his appreciation to the Turkish voters who voted for him.

During his speech, Erdogan said that he is ready to engage in a dialogue with all political forces and public organizations to adopt a new liberal constitution.

The Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was able to get 22 seats in the 2007 elections. After these elections it will be represented in the parliament by 36 MPs.

Ramaznoglu said it will hamper the adoption of the new constitution.

The AKP must also agree with the BDP, which is much more difficult than with other opposition parties, he said.

"Other opposition parties will not accept the conditions put forward by BDP, so the situation is quite difficult," Ramazanoglu said.

Ramazanoglu said that another challenge facing the Turkish government is that the population is united along ethnic lines, which may lead to ethnic problems.

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