Turkey needs re­li­gious con­sti­tu­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ANKARA— Over­whelm­ingly Mus­lim Turkey needs a ‘re­li­gious’ con­sti­tu­tion and sec­u­lar­ism should be dropped from the coun­try’s new char­ter, par­lia­ment’s speaker said, mark­ing a po­ten­tial rup­ture with the mod­ern republic’s found­ing prin­ci­ples. The rul­ing AK Party, which has roots in po­lit­i­cal Is­lam, is push­ing for a new con­sti­tu­tion to re­place the ex­ist­ing char­ter, which dates back to the pe­riod af­ter a 1980 mil­i­tary coup. Crit­ics fear it could con­cen­trate too much power in the hands of president Tayyip Er­do­gan, who wants an ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dency to re­place the cur­rent par­lia­men­tary sys­tem. The govern­ment has pledged that Euro­pean stan­dards on hu­man rights will form the ba­sis of the new text.

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