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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

If Parliament fails to complete its work on the new Constitution, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will “take the process to the people,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today during a meeting with the party’s provincial heads.

“We will not let it go to waste when there is such a great need and unity from the people [on the Constitution]. We want to show the youth of this country that the people and the Parliament are capable of doing this. If the Parliament cannot do it, we will take the constitution to the people,” Erdoğan said.

He added that even in the most conflicted countries, such as Egypt and Libya, it had been possible to come up with new Constitutions in six or eight months.

“Why can’t we do the same?” Erdoğan said. “They are just trying to stop the AKP’s requests.”

The prime minister had previously hinted at a possible referendum if the process failed. “If the Constitution cannot be agreed on, then I will put it to a referendum,” he said during a parliamentary group meeting Jan. 30. “The minute we have enough strength for a referendum we will take it to the people.”

February/15/2013

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Recep Ozel

2/15/2013 5:08:44 PM

Which people will step in? the ones that are not in prison by AKP? or the press that is owned by AKP?

Pawel Bury

2/15/2013 3:06:26 PM

It seems that for AKR there is no constitution till it fits the great leader. Poor Turkish people...

Stephen Brunette

2/15/2013 2:33:44 PM

Unbelievable words by Erdogan, what was he thinking? Look at the badly flawed consitution in Egypt rammed through by the Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood, which is tearing the fabric of the country apart, it is a failing state. As for Libya, not much better. As a supposably mature democracy, comprimise by the AKP and the other 3 parties is needed, not the AKP trying to ram it down the countries throat come hell or high water. I hope the Turkish people are taking notice of this fiasco by the AKP.
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