Turkey's prime minister said on Monday that his Justice & Development (AK) Party could keep its promise to rewrite the constitution if the second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reconciliated.
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was his biggest desire for the Republican People's Party (CHP) to take place in constitutional studies as the main opposition party.
"CHP's participation is important to strengthen democratic parliamentary system, however their so-far-stance is wrong," Erdogan told reporters.
Erdogan said AK Party could keep its promise to work on constitutional amendments if MHP agreed to join the studies.
Addressing the nation from the balcony of the AK Party headquarters in Ankara after June 12th general elections, Erdogan, also the chairman of the AK Party, said the Turkish nation had not only authorized the party to form a new government but also to prepare a new constitution.
Erdogan said, "our nation has given us the message that the new constitution should be made with compromise, consultation and negotiation."
"We will be seeking consensus with the main opposition, the opposition, parties outside the parliament, the media, NGOs, with academics, with anyone who has something to say. We are going to prepare a civilian and liberal constitution all together. The new constitution will have an equal distance to each of all 74 million citizens. The new constitution will respond to demands of our citizens for freedom, democracy, peace and justice," he said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Temmuz 2011, 17:53