Turkey to have liberal constitution: President Erdoğan

Turkey's new constitution will be encompassing and liberal, the nation's president vowed on March 4. 

"We will achieve for Turkey an encompassing, explicit, democratic, and liberal constitution that will guide its march into the coming century,"

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told an extended provincial heads meeting of his ruling Justice and Development AKP via video link.

Erdoğan said that among the latest reforms, the offer for a new constitution was the most significant.

Last month, Erdoğan urged all political parties to participate in drafting a new constitution, with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli voicing agreement.

The AKP has 289 seats in the 600-seat parliament, while the MHP has 48, adding up to 337. This falls short of the 360-vote supermajority needed to pass a new constitution.

"We're the party that completely changed the democratic and economic face of our country with many reforms that we call silent revolutions," Erdoğan stressed, citing the announcement of a groundbreaking Human Rights Action Plan on

He said an economic reform package would also be declared next week.

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