Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised a new constitution that would guarantee citizens' rights and freedoms in a speech last Friday in Akara. Erdogan said that the constitution drafted after the military coup in 1980 has already ended self-life.
The Turkish president said the new constitution would strengthen the rule of law, pluralism, and equality. Even though his regime has been seriously undermined in recent years as shown by relevant rankings of international organizations. On 28 October Erdogan announced the centenary of the Turkish vision. He claimed that next year the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey would mark the beginning of not one century.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that we want to mark the 100th anniversary of our republic as the turning point of a new era that will change politics in Turkey with its style, methodology, and results. The aim of the government is to bring a new constitution for the progress of the nation. He said it would be implemented with the approval of Parliament and the nation. This is the most fundamental right of our country, which has paid a great price to defend its motherland for a thousand years.
Erdogan said the constitution, passed in 1982, was amended 19 times, and that three referendums for constitutional amendments were held in 2007, 2010, and 2017. The constitutional referendum held under the state of emergency in April 2017 was brought by the AKP and MHP parties.
He said that the draft constitutional amendments will be presented next week which will ensure the rights of all girls to education and employment. Erdogan and his ally Devlet Bahseli want to change the constitution in a way that suits their own electoral purpose, but they do not have the necessary votes to do so.