June 2015 Turkish general election

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.

Parliamentary immunity a must, says CHP leader

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), has underlined that parliamentary immunity is a must in safeguarding parliamentarians in the absence of judicial independence, while commenting about an ongoing discussion following the submission of summary of proceedings against 33 MPs including many from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

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.

Proper political climate needed for brand-new constitution: CHP

A majority of the Turkish population believes that Turkey needs a new constitution, but it must be written within a suitable political climate, the head of the main opposition party has said, in reaction to the government's calls for the political parties to join their efforts to renew the charter.

Turkey to roll out human rights action plan next Tuesday, says Erdoğan

Turkey will announce a human rights action plan next week and an economic reform package in two weeks, the nation's president said on Feb. 24. 

"Next Tuesday, we will share the Human Rights Action Plan, prepared in line with the expectations of all segments," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his AKP's provincial congress in Istanbul.

Legal action sought against 33 more MPs, says parliament speaker

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop has informed that the parliament has received summary proceedings against 33 lawmakers, including those from the ranks of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

"A total of 33 summary proceedings were sent to the parliament last night. They include the members of the HDP as well," he told the reporters on Feb. 24.

Gov’t should do beyond killing terrorists, stop its financial resources: CHP leader

The struggle against terror is not merely killing terror group members, but also other means of fighting should be carried out in this process, the main opposition party leader has said, questioning the government's way of fighting against the illegal PKK group.

CHP leader says he does not insult anybody but seeks answers on Gara killings

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), has rebuffed the criticisms from senior government officials and repeated his questions over the last week's military operation that ended with the killing of 13 Turkish nationals by the PKK.

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