Turkish PM Davutoglu: Secularism will be included in new constitution

Published April 27th, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP/File)
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP/File)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Wednesday that Turkey's new constitution will include the principle of secularism, following the uproar which erupted after a speaker of parliament called for a religious constitution.

Davutoglu issued the statement while giving a speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament. Earlier this week, Speaker Ismail Kahraman commented that overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey needed a religious constitution. This suggestion goes against the modern republic's founding principles.

Later, Kahraman exlpained that his comments were his "personal views" and that the new charter should guarantee religious freedoms.


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