Draft constitution to be submitted to Turkish Parliament by end of April

  24 March 2016    Read: 1649
Draft constitution to be submitted to Turkish Parliament by end of April
The draft of a new Turkish constitution will be submitted for the parliament consideration soon.
The draft of a new Turkish constitution will be submitted to the national parliament for consideration before the end of April, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wants to secure a transition from the present parliamentary to a presidential form of government through a new constitution.

"Next week, AKP`s committee will begin work on a draft constitution. Next month, no later than in the end of April we will present it to parliament. Parliament debates on the draft will be held in May-June," Davutoglu told reporters.

In February, the Constitution Conciliation Committee was dissolved after the main opposition Republican People`s Party (CHP) refused to participate discussions of the draft constitution in protest over the country`s alleged transition to authoritarian rule.

The ruling Turkish of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu secured a parliamentary majority in November`s snap elections. The party, however, failed to capture the two-thirds majority required to make constitutional amendments.

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