Erdogan ally backs call to rewrite Turkish constitution

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling coalition partner on Tuesday backed the Turkish leader’s surprise call to draft a new constitution, which some see as a bid to extend his rule. Erdogan caught many off guard on Monday by suggesting that the “clear source of Turkey’s problems” was its constitution being “written by putchists” following a 1980 military coup and in use since 1982. He said he would push for a constitutional assembly if his junior partners in the ultranationalist MHP party support rewriting Turkey’s basic law. MHP leader Devlet Bahceli told reporters on Tuesday that it was “e…

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