Turkish President Gül welcomes move to continue charter talks

Turkish President Gül welcomes move to continue charter talks

 

By Murat Yetkin

It was only two days ago that President Abdullah Gül regretted that Parliament’s effort to write a brand-new, democratic Constitution had come to an end with no result.

Perhaps his words came like a cold shower to the opposition parties which actually have worries that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants a strong presidency for himself in the 2014 election. Perhaps it triggered a sort of “This is our business” or “I started it, I am the one who is to say it is over” kind of attitude within the Justice and Development party (AKP) government. But following reactions by opposition parties, Parliament’s Constitution Conciliation Commission declared late on May 7 – as Gül’s statement was still in the headlines – that the panel’s work had been extended until July 1, the day when Parliament is expected to go into summer recess.