AK Party says new constitution will be short but to the point
by Daily Sabah
ankaraJul 11, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 11, 2016 12:00 am
More details of a new constitutional law, which will be presented to the public in the fall by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), have been revealed.
The new constitution will be shorter than the current 1982 constitution, with 100 articles instead of the 177. One aim has been to make the language of the new articles concise to avoid the long sentences and jargon of the current articles.
The AK Party will work overtime throughout the summer on the new constitution, aiming to discuss the document in every possible platform to encourage the greatest participation, discussion and consensus. Regardless of the number of affirmative votes, a referendum will be held on the new constitution. Stressing that the new constitution will be in line with the needs of Turkey, the AK Party aims to design the new constitution as a free, democratic and transparent to embrace every segment of society. Articles on union rights and freedom of thought and faith will have a wider emphasis, while new regulations to improve democracy, human rights and the supremacy of law will be the focal point of the new constitution. The effects of the current Constitution will permanently be removed from the new one, while institutions carrying traces of the 1980 coup, with the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) topping the list, will not be included. Further institutional arrangements will take place, as the formation of two new institutions is on the agenda: the Supreme Board of Judges and the Supreme Board of Prosecutors, instead of the current Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).