The Turkish President’s main ally announced today that his party is ready to support the draft of a new constitution, which the head of state, Recep Erdogan, called for on Monday.
“It is obvious that Turkey needs a new Constitution“Said the leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP, far right), State Garden, ensuring that its political force will “take responsibility”.
On Monday, without warning, Erdogan said he was in favor of a new constitution, less than four years after profoundly changing the fundamental law to increase its presidential powers.
The head of state underlined that, in the case of an agreement with the MHP, his partner in the governmental coalition, it will be possible to draft a new constitution and submit it to a referendum, although he did not present a timetable for the process.
Bahçeli did not explain the reasons that led him to defend a new Constitution, but in December he called for a ban on the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP party, resorting to “a constitutional amendment, if necessary”.
The main opposition party, the CHP (Social Democrat), today accused Erdogan of launching a debate on the Constitution to “change the subject”, at a time when the difficult economic situation worries the Turks.
“The President is doing this to divert attention and serve their own interests, “said CHP spokesman Faik Oztrak, adding that a new constitution” will not be beneficial to the country. “
In 2017, Erdogan had already revised the Constitution, which dates from 1982 and was drafted following a military coup.
Under this constitutional review, validated by referendum, Turkey has moved from a parliamentary system to a presidential system, having considerably extended the powers of the head of state.
The sudden debate on a new constitution takes place on the eve of elections legislative and presidential elections, which take place over the next two years and promise to be difficult for Erdogan, in a context of serious economic crisis.
A sign of the risks the President is taking is that Erdogan’s AKP party suffered an electoral setback in 2019 in municipal elections in 2019, losing Istanbul and Ankara, cities that Islamic conservatives controlled for 25 years.
Erdogan, 66, has been in power since 2003, having held the positions of Prime Minister and, since 2014, President.
The current constitution allows Erdogan to remain head of state until 2028.