Turkey will go to referendum if constitution talks fail

Turkish premier Erdogan voiced confidence a plebiscite would win a strong backing

Turkey will go to referendum if constitution talks fail

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hinted he could seek a plebiscite on his party's own draft constitution next year if talks at the Turkish parliament over a new charter proved inconclusive.      

"I believe we will get a 'yes' vote from our nation if we hold a referendum. We will not face any difficulty in that sense," Erdogan told a press conference in Istanbul upon his return from a visit to the United States.      

Erdogan's remarks came just days after one of his deputies suggested that 2014 could see three votes -- local elections in March, presidential elections in August and a referendum on a new constitution in November.      

Lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party and three opposition parties have been holding talks on a draft constitution but they have yet to make a major headway in their talks so far.      

Turkey's current constitution was written following a military takeover in 1980. It has been amended numerous times since then.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mayıs 2013, 11:17

Muhammed Öylek