Erdoğan envisages a Turkey without main opposition CHP

President Erdoğan said on March 4 that he envisages a Turkey without the main opposition CHP, accusing the party of “abusing” some citizens of the country. Erdoğan's comments came as his ruling AKP is preparing to draft a new constitution with the MHP.

CHP supporters wave Turkish flags and portraits of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during an election rally.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again attacked the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on March 4, saying he envisages Turkey's future without the presence of the CHP.

“We see that there is no place for a party called CHP in Turkey's future with this mentality, structure and attitude,” Erdoğan said, accusing the CHP of “abusing some citizens of the country by using principles such as Kemalism and secularism.”

Erdoğan made the comments as addressed his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s provincial heads during an online meeting.

Erdoğan's remarks came as his AKP is preparing to draft a new constitution with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

“We have unveiled the Human Rights Action Plan, and we will also reveal the economic reforms package. The step we have taken as the People's Alliance for a new and civil constitution is a proposal which concerns everyone. We invite all fractions of society to contribute to this process,” he said.

Erdoğan on March 2 unveiled the “Human Rights Action Plan” which he said would strengthen rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression in Turkey. Erdoğan said the measures would be implemented in the next two years and that the government's ultimate goal would be to draft a new constitution.