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Turkey to have a new constitution by end of 2012

Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would have a new constitution by the end of 2012, the latest.

08.05.2012 - Update : 08.05.2012
Turkey to have a new constitution by end of 2012



Bulent Arinc expressed hope that October would be the beginning of the new legislative year, and legislative works would begin at the parliament in October. 
"The new constitution should be adopted at the parliament by the end of 2012. Turkey has to get rid of the constitution of military interventions, and has to make a new, modern, free, and more democratic civilian constitution," Arinc told a televised interview.

Turkey should discuss presidential system

Bulent Arinc said Turkey should and could not only discuss presidential system but also semi-presidential system like in France.

"There can be presidential, semi-presidential and parliamentary democratic system like in our country in democratic regimes," Arinc told a televised interview.
Arinc said some constitutions might have proposed different systems to democratically rule the countries, and therefore, Turkey should give an opportunity to circles that were saying that one of the systems could be better.
"We should discuss this issue within the framework of a better administration and government and on constitutional basis," Arinc said.
Arinc said Turkey could not go on with the constitution made by some people who were being tried of staging the September 12 (1980) military intervention.
"A Constitutional Compromise Committee has been set up in the parliament with participation of equal number of representatives from each party, and they have worked positively so far," Arinc said.
Arinc said they would discuss proposals and views and start writing the constitution, adding that they could also discuss presidential system in the new constitution process if they agreed.

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