Turkey may drop electoral threshold
The Turkish parliament speaker said on Sunday that Turkey might drop the electoral threshold, Worldbulletin reported.
Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said that a constitutional amendment might include an article on dropping the electoral threshold.
"Turkey has to amend some articles of its Constitution in order to open new chapters to negotiation with the European Union (EU)," Sahin told AA correspondent.
Political parties have to win 10 percent of overall votes to join the parliament in a general election in Turkey.
Sahin said that the actual constitution, adopted in 1982, was a product of an extraordinary period and everybody was saying that Turkey had to prepare a new contemporary and democratic constitution.
"A constitutional amendment should change the articles preventing Turkey's development and a more contemporary democracy," he said.
Also, Sahin said that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) mainly focused on the Palestinian dispute, and problems in Yemen, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Western Thrace.
Sahin said Turkey had neglected Africa for years, but declared 2005 as the Year of Africa.
"Turkey gathered African countries together in Istanbul in 2008, and decided to open embassies in 15 countries," he said.
Sahin said Turkish Embassy in Uganda would start working on March 1, and Turkey had started to boost its economic, social and cultural relations with Africa.
The Turkish parliament speaker said Turkey wanted the Caucasus to be a peaceful and stable region, and hoped that Armenia would end its occupation of Azerbaijani territories.
Sahin also said Turkish-Armenian relations could normalize if the entire region got more normal.
Turkish Parliament Speaker Sahin participated in the Fourth Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of OIC in Kampala, Uganda. The conference is expected to end on Sunday.