Turkey's PM vows to campaign for change of coup constitution

Erdogan said he would press ahead with efforts to overhaul the constitution despite a court ruling vetoing some of his reforms.

Turkey's PM vows to campaign for change of coup constitution

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he would press ahead with efforts to overhaul the constitution despite a court ruling vetoing some of his reforms.

Erdogan says the changes are needed to bring Turkey's constitution in line with those of European democracies and to enhance the nation's bid for European Union membership.

Tthe Constitutional top court annulled two articles in the package last week while ruling it could still be put to a vote in a September referendum.

"Even if it's not the result we wanted from a technical standpoint, it is a package that includes our target for the referendum," Erdogan told reporters late on Saturday in his first comments since the ruling.

"I believe it can be said that this is all that can be done for a coup constitution," he said, adding that the ruling AK Party will begin a campaign for a "yes" vote this month or at the beginning of August.

The reform package is seen as a test of Erdogan's popular support ahead of an election due next year.

AK Party wants to change the national charter, drafted by the military in 1982, to meet European Union standards.


Agencies

 

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