Erdogan beleives Turkey needs new constitution

Erdogan beleives Turkey needs new constitution

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of the need to draft a new and "civilian" constitution for Turkey.

During a televised speech following a Cabinet meeting, Erdogan recalled that the country’s last two constitutions - enacted in 1961 and 1982 - were drafted following military coups, and contained "indelible" traces of the "military tutelage."

Erdogan said the new constitution should be a "civilian" one, but didn’t elaborate.

"Perhaps the time has come for Turkey to debate a new constitution," Erdogan said. "This work must be conducted in front of the people and through the participation of all of their representatives in a transparent manner, and the text that emerges must be presented to the people for their approval."

Erdogan added that he would discuss the issue with his party’s nationalist allies. "If we reach a common understanding ... with our partners, we could take action for a new constitution in the period ahead," The AP cited him as saying.