New constitution - priority for Turkey (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 3
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's priority is the adoption of a new constitution, which will correspond to the interests of the country, a source in Turkish presidential administration told Trend Nov. 3.
"The adoption of a new constitution is very important for Turkey, as the current one doesn't correspond to the interests of citizens and the state," said the source.
The interviewee also said that it is necessary, first of all, that the new constitution gets vote of the Turkish parliament.
"If the parliament isn't able to adopt a new constitution through a voting, there will be a national referendum," the source added.
Earlier, speaker of the parliament of Turkey, Ismet Yilmaz also noted the importance of adopting a new constitution.
He said as a country with actively developing economy and policy, Turkey needs new constitution.
Turkey's opposition has always objected adoption of a new constitution, since they believe that it is a step towards switching from the parliamentary to presidential form of governance.
The country's current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the leaders of the oppositional Republican People's Party and Nationalist Movement Party in late October 2011, urging them to take part in the talks on working out the new constitution.
Earlier, Erdogan also said that the issue on adopting a new constitution will be raised if the Justice and Development Party wins in the snap parliamentary election.
The Justice and Development Party garnered 49.41 percent of votes in the parliamentary election held in Turkey Nov. 1.
Republican People's Party (CHP) gathered 25.38 percent of votes, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 11.93 percent, Democratic People's Party (HDP) - 10.7 percent.
The remaining political parties garnered 2.58 percent of votes.
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