Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that perhaps it is time for the country to discuss a new constitution again.
Erdogan said at a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace that if Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) and the Awami League partners reach a consensus, then “actions to draft a new constitution in the coming period” are possible.
Underlining that the constitutional works must be done in a transparent manner, Erdogan said the final text must be presented to the discretion of the nation.
In parliamentary votes and elections, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) cooperates with the governing AK Party under their People’s Alliance, formed ahead of the June 2018 general elections.
The 2017 constitutional referendum asked voters to decide on an 18-article bill to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, among other changes. The amendments to the constitution were jointly brought by the AK Party and the MHP.
Commenting on the economic situation in Turkey during the pandemic, Erdogan said that among the G20 countries, Turkey and China may use international analysis to achieve positive growth in 2020.
Erdogan stressed that the food inflation is the “greatest threat” for both the producers and consumers, saying: “We believe that the volatility in food prices will decrease in the second half of the year with the developments in the world and the measures we take in our country.”
The Turkish president also commented on country s development in space and satellite technologies and said: “Turkey started to work on establishing a microsatellite launcher facility and will soon send its and friendly countries’ satellites into space.”
“We are determined to make our country a brand in space and satellite technologies that have a wide range of uses from communication to energy, from environmental protection to defence industry,” Erdogan added.
Erdogan also announced a plan to start “gradual relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions” with the number of infections decreasing.
In this regard, rural schools in Turkey will start face-to-face education on February 15th, because preparations will resume classroom education for 8th and 12th grade students, elementary and special education schools from March 1.
Turkey began a large-scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign on January 14, starting with medical staff and senior officials to encourage the public to have confidence in the vaccine.
Since last month, Turkey has been working to contain the spread of the virus, imposing curfews on weekends and weekends.