Turkish draft constitution to be ready in October

The draft Constitution can be prepared no later than end-September, Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, said on Monday.

Turkish draft constitution to be ready in October

The draft Constitution can be prepared no later than end-September, Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, said on Monday.

"And, it will be presented to all authorities in Turkey in October, November or December. We hope that we can have the opportunity to submit it to the parliament by the new year," Firat told a press conference at AK Party HQ.

According to Firat, the draft Constitution has been prepared by a team of lecturers, and was submitted two days ago to a delegation comprised of AK Party members including Burhan Kuzu, Zafer Uskul, Cemil Cicek, Nimet Cubukcu, Hayati Yazici, Aysenur Bahcekapi, Sadullah Ergin, Bekir Bozdag, Ahmet Iyimaya and Ertugrul Gunay.

Firat said that a 11-member delegation will debate the draft as of next Thursday, and then they will meet the lecturers who prepared the draft.

The draft will then be published, and sent to NGOs, universities, media and all other related units, Firat noted.

"We will then wait for contributions of every citizen and institution in Turkey. Two commissions will meet again after evaluations and symposiums, and the draft Constitution will be given its final shape, presented to the parliament and the parliamentary process will begin," he stated.

Firat said that the draft Constitution, actually reflected to the public, is not one prepared by themselves.

"It was a draft prepared by many NGOs including TOBB (Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) and TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association). It can be a draft that belongs to AK Party only if our views and will are reflected on it," he emphasized.

"The final draft will be the text that will be prepared after all these discussions and social contributions," Firat noted.

According to Firat, the draft Constitution will be more liberal than that of 1982.

It will take under guarantee individual rights and liberties, well-arranges the legislative, executive and judicial authorities, ensures independence of justice and quick judicial decisions.

"I believe that Turkey will have a modern Constitution at the end of this process," he added.

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