Nationalist party leader backs Erdoğan on drafting new constitution

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A major party in Turkey voiced agreement with top government officials on Feb. 2 on drafting a new constitution.

Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, said in a written statement that Turkey is “obligated” to replace its current constitution.

This came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said it was time for the country to discuss this issue, vowing that his ruling AKP would push for a new constitution if it reached a consensus with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

In parliamentary votes and elections, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) cooperates with the ruling AKP under their People’s Alliance, formed ahead of the June 2018 general elections.

Reasserting his party’s commitment to its alliance with AKP, Bahçeli underlined in his statement that the country’s constitution in its present form was the “product of extraordinary conditions.”

Hurriyet Daily News

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