Turkey's ruling AKP wins support from SP to constitutional reform

Felicity Party leader Kurtulmus said that his party would support constitutional amendment package.

Turkey's ruling AKP wins support from SP to constitutional reform


World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who had pledged to meet with leaders of all political parties to discuss the country's most crucial issues, met yesterday with leaders of the Felicity Party (SP) and the Grand Unity Party (BBP).

Felicity Party leader Numan Kurtulmus said on Wednesday that his party would support constitutional amendment package, Anadolu Agency said.

After his meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan which lasted for nearly one hour, Kurtulmus told reporters that it was a fruitful meeting that focused on fight against PKK and referendum on constitutional amendment package that would take place on September 12.

Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, Interior Minister Besir Atalay and Public Order and Safety Undersecretary Muammer Guler accompanied the prime minister.

Kurtulmus said he told Erdogan that Turkey needed comprehensive and democratic constitutional amendments. "We will support the constitutional package and we will vote in favor of the package in the referendum on September 12."

In regard to fight against PKK, Kurtulmus said, "we consider everyone should speak about the matter more carefully and stay out of tension and quarrel. There is need for common sense."

Kurtulmus said PKK must be combatted within the scope of democracy, human rights and state of law and no one should propose state of emergency on the issue.
Erdogan met on Tuesday with Democratic Left Party (DSP) chairman Masum Turker.

On Saturday, Premier Erdogan had sent letters to main opposition CHP, Democratic Left Party (DSP), Great Unity Party (BBP) and Felicity Party (SP) to arrange meetings with the leaders of these parties to seek support for concerted action against escalating terror acts.

The prime minister did not, however, send out letters to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli or pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Chairman Selahattin Demirtas because, according to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), they “benefit from terrorism.”

The prime minister headed to BBP headquarters after meeting with Kurtulmus and met with BBP leader Topcu.

Topcu had also announced that they will lent support to the government's package and will vote “yes” in the Sept. 12 referendum, when the nation will decide on a number of constitutional amendments.

A meeting between Erdogan and CHP leader Kilicdaroglu was also scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Kilicdaroglu's chambers in the Parliament building.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2010, 18:21