Turkish PM pledges new constitution in election manifesto

April 16, 2011 20:20


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ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promised to draft a new constitution and make Turkey one of the world's 10 largest economies by 2023 as he launched a party manifesto on Saturday ahead of June elections.

Opinion polls show Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) comfortably securing a third consecutive term of single-party rule in the vote, on the back of a decade of economic success and political stability.Unveiling what he called the AKP's manifesto for 2023, Erdogan offered few concrete proposals but said he would slash unemployment, build homes for the poor and push on with economic reforms that have transformed the Muslim country from an economic basket-case to a stable, fast growing economy.

Erdogan has said he wants a strong mandate that will allow him to introduce a new constitution to replace the one drafted after a 1980 coup. On Saturday he repeated that pledge.

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