Devlet Bahceli

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.

MHP leader reiterates call for closure of HDP

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on March 2 reiterated his call for the closure of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

He also urged the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party to "clarify" their positions for the summary of proceedings prepared to lift the immunity of HDP MPs.

MHP leader warns youngsters to stay away from violence

Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Feb. 23 called on youngsters of Turkey to be careful in expressing their objections and avoid "making wrong choices," while warning them to stay away from the "terror groups in front of university doors," referring to Boğaziçi University protests.

President Erdoğan invites everyone to contribute to new constitution

Following the announcement of a possible new constitution, Turkey's president welcomed on Feb. 3 everyone who wish to contribute to drafting of the new constitution.

"Such a comprehensive work will become meaningful with the involvement of all groups in the country," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his ruling AKP's provincial congresses via video link from the party's headquarters.

Good Party in favor of 5 percent election threshold

Good (İYİ) Party is in favor to decrease national election threshold from 10 percent to 5 percent, İYİ Party Chair Meral Akşener has said amid reports on a government-led study to amend the Election Law.

"We are in favor of 5 percent [election] threshold, but I have no idea what Mr. Bahçeli has in mind regarding the election threshold," Akşener told reporters in Ankara late Jan. 21,