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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