Charter draft will result in second-class parliament: CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said the proposed amendments on the constitution will make the parliament and ineffective and “second-class” one.

“This parliament is one that has been formed after the War of Independence. This parliament is the parliament of the July 15 coup attempt. Now this parliament is becoming a second class parliament. Ask our citizens if their conscience is accepting it? My conscience, neither my morality, nor my belief, nor my democratic values accept this,” Kılıçdaroğlu said Feb. 5 at a meeting addressing his party’s province and district chairs.

“The parliament will be out of touch with the people. Increasing the number of lawmakers in parliament from 550 to 600 is senseless,” he said.

Kılıçdaroğlu likened the draft charter to Syria’s current constitution and said it would submit all powers from the current parliamentarian one and give all the authorities to a one-man regime.

He stressed that the matter should not be considered as a party-oriented one. “This is not about a party, but it’s about coexistence, flag, homeland and democracy,” he said, adding that his party members should refrain from marginalizing anyone.

“Whoever they are, if democracy is vital to them, it doesn’t matter who they are,” he said.

He urged his party supporters to talk with people about the constitutional amendments in an ethical manner and not quarrel with them.

He wanted party members to ask citizens what changes these amendments would bring and solve.

Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the government of not informing the public during parliamentary voting sessions on the charter draft, saying that the sessions were not broadcasted on TV for people to watch.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members had revealed their intentions to change the four initial articles of the charter during the constitution discussions, he said.

MHP to hold meeting

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli, has decided to hold an extraordinary meeting in the Central Anatolian province of Konya between Feb. 10 and 12 in order to discuss the upcoming referendum process. The decision was announced by MHP deputy chair Semih Yalçın.


Hurriyet Daily News

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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