AK Party to launch wider reform package, to seek compromise

Turkey's ruling AK Party decided to launch a wider democratization package and to hold talks with the opposition parties.

AK Party to launch wider reform package, to seek compromise

Turkey's ruling AK Party decided on Monday to launch a wider democratization package rather than amending constitution to avoid a closure ruling from the Constitutional Court and to hold talks with the opposition parties, Hürriyet reported.

An AK Party Deputy Chairman told reporters after a six-hour meeting of Central Decision-Making and Administrative Comittee (MKYK), working groups, appointed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, will handle the court process.

Turkey's chief prosecutor filed a lawsuit against AK Party demanding its closure on March 14.

AK Party government is expected to give a new impetus to the EU process after a period of slowdown in reforms.

"Our search for consensus will continue within the political framework in order to develop the solution that will strengthen our legal system and democracy in this test," Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat said. The meetings with the opposition parties will be held "as soon as possible," he added.

Firat said, "It is the task of the politics to predict the political and economic consequences of this process beforehand and to take measures to safeguard the mutual interests, tranquility, unity and integrity of the nation."

Closure case was discussed in details and the MKYK members expressed their views how to carry out the related process and they focused fundamental defense strategy, he added.

The AK Party was reportedly working on a formula to amend the Constitution to prevent a closure decision, and planning to take the package to a referandum.


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