Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition will join work on new constitution

By REUTERS
January 24, 2016 17:52

 
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ANKARA - Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Sunday it would take part in a parliamentary commission charged with drafting a new constitution and would challenge the ruling AK Party's plans for a strong executive presidency.

President Tayyip Erdogan and the AK Party he founded more than a decade ago want the head of state, who currently has a largely ceremonial role, to wield much greater political powers.

But the opposition parties want to focus on improving minority rights and democratic freedoms and fear Erdogan is becoming too authoritarian.

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