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Turkey Won’t Finish Constitution in 1 1/2 Years, Aksam Reports

February 05, 2012

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s lawmakers won’t be able to complete a new constitution within a year and a half, Aksam reported, citing the parliament’s constitutional committee chairman.

The country will probably remain a parliamentarian system and the governing Justice and Development Party won’t press for a presidential system, Chairman Burhan Kuzu said, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is serving his third term and has said he won’t run again, has said he favors a presidential system. Speaker of Parliament Cemil Cicek, who heads the effort to rewrite the national charter adopted after a 1980 military coup, has said he aims to complete the process by year-end.

--Editors: Linda Shen, Louis Meixler

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