AK Party determined to draft constitution with wide-range support

AK Party determined to draft constitution with wide-range support

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wants all political parties in the Turkish Parliament to participate in constitutional reform efforts as it would emphasize wide support from the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday, Daily Sabah reports.

Speaking at the AK Party’s extended provincial heads meeting on Istanbul's Democracy and Freedom Island to mark the 61st anniversary of the 1960 coup, Erdoğan touched upon the efforts for a new constitution.

He said they seek wide-range support for the new constitution, expressing his hope that Parliament will agree on a draft with a broad consensus, and it will be presented to the nation for approval.

"Our aim is that all parties in Parliament give constructive, effective and sincere support for the development of a new and civil constitution," Erdoğan said.

“If the desired ground for compromise is not formed, we, as the People's Alliance, are determined to present our preparations to the discretion of our nation with other parties that support us,” he added.

The president also said that their alliance partners Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Great Union Party (BBP) have been working to develop their own new constitution proposals, and he was recently briefed by MHP Chairperson Devlet Bahçeli about his party's own draft.

"The MHP has presented its draft to us in this way. We know that other parties are also preparing in this direction, our work is finished," Erdoğan said.