World Bulletin/News Desk
Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı said on Friday that the first three non-amendable articles of Turkey's constitution could be amended during the drafting of a new constitution for the country.
He said some circles have insisted that the first three articles of the constitution not be touched during the preparation of the new charter, adding: “Turkey's capital city, flag, national anthem, its republican regime will not change. Nobody has any objections to these. But will it be the end of the world if those articles are rewritten?”
Yazıcı said those articles were labeled as “non-amendable” following the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup by the coup's perpetrators.
“We will amend other articles of the constitution because they were written by coup figures. So, why should we keep the first three articles, which were also written by coup figures? This is not acceptable. There is nothing unchangeable before the will of the nation,” he said.
All the political parties represented in Parliament agree that Turkey needs a new constitution, with the current one prepared by a military government following a coup in 1980.
The parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission, which is working to draft a new constitution, was established in October 2011 and actively started, after listening to a good number of nongovernmental organizations and several civil society organizations have their say about the new charter, to draft a new constitution in May 2012.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Haziran 2013, 12:18