In a statement released Monday, a group of Justice and Development (AK) Party officials and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) officials expressed that it was their desire to see deputies who had not taken oath at the Turkish Parliament to come to the parliament and take oath as soon as possible.
The statement came on Monday after several AK Party and CHP deputies held meetings on Friday and Monday.
The Turkish Parliament is the right venue for a compromise on the new Constitution. This historic opportunity for a new Constitution representing the whole society must be utilized, the statement said.
With today's statement, the oath-taking crisis at the Turkish Parliament seems to be coming to an end and CHP deputies are expected to take oath.
CHP officials told Reuters that deputies would take their oath on Monday after reaching an agreement with the ruling AK Party over bans on elected candidates.
Speaking to reporters after a group meeting at the Turkish Parliament on Monday, CHP Chair Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that "we did what we had to do as a result of our respect to the national will".
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it was their expectation to see CHP deputies take oath at the Turkish Parliament.
The Republican People's Party, or CHP, which won 135 seats in the 550-seat parliament in the June 12 election, had refused to take the oath when parliament opened on June 28.
Erdogan's AK Party won a strong majority, but still needs to work with the opposition to write a constitution to replace a charter drafted after a 1980 military coup.
AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 11 Temmuz 2011, 15:47