Turkish PM pledges new constitution protecting rights Bernard Hibbitts at 12:37 PM ET
[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [IHT backgrounder] told the country's parliament Friday that his government will draft a new constitution that would more effectively protect individual rights in accordance with international standards. Erdogan was laying out his program for the next five years in the aftermath of the sweeping victory won by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] in national elections [MSNBC report] in July. The party has already started work on a reformist charter that would overhaul the current constitution [text], approved in 1982. Anticipated amendments include a guarantee against torture and protection of the rights of soldiers dismissed from the army for Islamist affiliations to appeal against their expulsions. The AKP is a secular offshoot of a now-banned Islamist party.
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