Erdoğan labels new constitution efforts 'national duty'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) proposal for a new constitution, deeming it a "national duty."

"Constitutions made without seeking compromise are crippled beyond birth, they are closer to producing a crisis," Erdoğan stated during an event in Istanbul on May 27.

The president criticized the current charter, implemented following the 1980 military coup, for failing to achieve a national consensus. He argued that such texts "poison the relationship between the state and the citizen."

"We now have to accept some facts. We cannot continue with the current constitution, which reflects the consensus of the elites," Erdoğan said. "Turkish democracy has the power, maturity and strength to make a new and civilian constitution. I believe that a new constitution is a national duty."

The AKP's push for a new constitution lacks the necessary parliamentary majority. The initiative's success relies on obtaining support from at least 37 opposition MPs to advance it to a referendum.

Erdoğan's remarks come amid recent engagements between the AKP and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Erdoğan is set to visit the CHP headquarters, following opposition leader Özgür Özel's visit to the AKP office earlier this month.

This marks the first such meeting since 2016, centered around discussions on the AKP's proposal.

In his speech on the anniversary of the coup d'état on May 27, 1960, Erdoğan commemorated then-Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed after post-coup trials.

"We will not forget or forgive the coup plotters. We will not forget those who prepared the ground for the coup, those who provoked university students and so-called lawyers," he...

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