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Erdogan says Turkey needs new constitution

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a surprise development, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of the need to draft a new and “civilian” constitution for Turkey.  During a televised speech following a Cabinet meeting Monday, Erdogan recalled that the country’s last two constitutions _ enacted in 1961 and 1982 _ were drafted following military coups, and contained “indelible” traces of the “military tutelage.”  Erdogan said the new constitution should be a “civilian” one but did not elaborate.  In 2018, Turkey transitioned from a parliamentary system to an executive presidential system that concentrated most powers in the hands of the president. The transition came following a referendum that amended several articles of the 1982 Constitution.last_img