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Turkey to hold elections next June

09-26-2010 07:30 BJT

ISTANBUL, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced here on Saturday that his country plans to hold the parliamentary elections in June 2011.

Erdogan made the announcement while meeting with executives of media organs at a breakfast at his office in Istanbul.

"We want to move the election one month forward, for the elections to be held before the schools are closed," he said.

This will be Turkey's 17th general election. The election features the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) emboldened by a successful constitutional referendum.

Turkey's 16th general election was held on July 22, 2007, and resulted in a resounding victory for the AKP. The election was fought mostly on Turkey's debate over secularism and the controversial presidential election held earlier in 2007.

Following the Turkish constitutional referendum, which the ruling party won, to create reforms as necessitated for Turkey's accession to the EU, AKP party leaders said they would create a new constitution after the 2011 elections, which were seen as having emboldened the AKP.

Erdogan said that Turkey made a significant progress in its democratization process, adding: "the constitutional amendment package which came into power after the referendum on September 12 marks the beginning of a new era in Turkey. The package consisting of 26 articles does not fully remove the shadows on the Constitution of 1982, but it includes very important amendments such as a change in the structure of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors."

"We can solve all problems. We can add new ones to Turkey's achievements in economy, foreign policy and democratization. Today, Turkey has a totally different position in the world. I believe that Turkey will become one of the ten biggest economies of the world in the next decade," he added.

Referring to Turkey's fight against terror, Erdogan said, "we are determined to increase our efficiency in our fight against terror. This is not only the problem of the political power, this is a problem concerning all of us. The opposition parties, the media and academicians have important responsibilities in this process."

Erdogan also called on all political parties, academicians, media members and non-governmental organizations to help them in efforts to prepare a new constitution.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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