Referendum can settle Turkey's constitution debate: MHP

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader says he is on the side of continuation of parliamentary system

Referendum can settle Turkey's constitution debate: MHP

World Bulletin / News Desk

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli has called for a referendum to settle the debate about Turkey’s new constitution and presidential system.

Addressing a parliamentary group meeting of his party in Ankara Tuesday, Bahceli said: "The MHP is on the side of continuation of [Turkey’s] parliamentary system, while it is revised and reformed.

"I trust in the Turkish nation. I believe a healthy and rational result will come out if the AK Party submits a bill about the changes in the constitution to the Turkish parliament, [where it] would pursue our sensitivity and principle."

Premier Binali Yildirim announced Tuesday the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party would submit a bill on the new constitution and presidential system in the parliament "as soon as possible". 

Constitutional change, in particular, the call for a presidential system, has been on the political agenda since Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former prime minister and AK Party leader, was elected Turkey's president in August 2014. That election was the first time a Turkish president was directly chosen by popular vote. 

Bahceli also said presence of Turkish troops at Bashiqa Camp in Iraq was vital for Turkey’s own future.

"Bashiqa is one of the key points of our future. Abandon it, return it by evacuation [of Bashiqa Camp] means nightmare [for Turkey]," he said.

He said Turkey should exercise its right to self-defense when it comes to Bashiqa. "Whether the Iraqi Prime Minister [Haider] al-Ibadi accepts it or not, the dignity and honor of being a big state requires it."  

A long-standing Turkish training camp in Bashiqa, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Mosul, has been training Peshmerga and Sunni Muslim militias in the months leading up to the attack on Iraq’s second city.

 
Last Mod: 18 Ekim 2016, 13:46
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