Türkiye deserves brand new civilian charter, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

© APA | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

# 12 September 2023 20:06 (UTC +04:00)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed his commitment to crafting a civilian and libertarian new constitution on the anniversary of the 1980 coup, asserting that the post-coup constitution still exerts influence on the nation's governance, APA reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.

"A country such as Türkiye, with 2,000 years of state tradition, the experience of a republic reaching its first century and 73 years of democracy, deserves a much better constitution," Erdogan asserted during his speech at a symposium held at the Ulucanlar Prison Museum on Sept. 12.

Erdogan contended that Turkish constitutions since the 1960s have often been shaped by military coups, emphasizing, "Even though it has been amended 23 times since 1987... the text we have is a coup constitution."

Recalling efforts made in the past year through a workshop attended by scholars, Erdogan expressed disappointment in the opposition's lack of participation in crafting a new constitutional charter.

"Unfortunately, no one other than the [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP and the [Nationalist Movement Party] MHP came up with a new constitutional charter during this process. When it came to taking concrete steps, the opposition turned their helm in the other direction and disappeared," he lamented.

"The issue of a new constitution has always been a top priority for the government," Erdogan affirmed. "We will never stop struggling until we bring the new constitution, which is one of the limbs of our 'Century of Türkiye' goal."

Erdogan also underlined the pressing need for a constitution that aligns past ideals with future knowledge, particularly in a rapidly changing global landscape.