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News Bulletin – 02.02.2021

New Constitution for Turkey

In a statement given yesterday, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated “It is time to discuss drafting a new constitution”.  He said that his ruling party, AKP and their ally the MHP have agreed on a plan, based on the outcome of the 2017 constitutional referendum, which asked voters to decide on an 18-article bill switching from a parliamentary to a presidential system, among other changes.

Mr Erdogan explained “Our reform packages will be revealed soon in full detail,” he said, adding that the reforms will be carried out in the judiciary and the economy.

The public will see “that these reform packages contain very fundamental and important regulations that will carry our country to 2023 and beyond,” he added, referring to the Republic of Turkey’s centennial year.

He also touched on economic developments, saying that Turkey has withstood the consequences of the ongoing pandemic well. “Recent international analyses show Turkey and China to be the sole countries within G-20 to have ended 2020 with positive growth, as “preliminary data indicates Turkish economy ended 2020 with growth of over 1%,”  he said.

He went on to say that, in 2020 some 10,505 investment certificates were issued, which relates to investments of almost $33.3 billion dollars, leading to around 305,000 new jobs.

Mr Erdogan also addressed the issue of rising food prices, calling this “the greatest threat” to both consumers and producers, but added that he believes such volatility will decrease in the second half of the year, due to measures taken within Turkey and developments around the world.

The Turkish president also commented on the progress the country has made in space and satellite technologies and said: “Turkey started to work on establishing a microsatellite launcher facility and will soon have the capacity to send its and friendly countries’ satellites into space”.  He continued “”We are determined to make our country a brand in space and satellite technologies that have a wide range of uses from communication to energy, from environmental protection to the defense industry,”

Turkey – Greece Negotiations

As the 61st round of talks between the two nations closes, the western world eagerly awaits the fate of the 62nd round.

What is known is that five party talks, between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, will take place in early March, where Turkey’s Foreign Minister will meet with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.  The outcome of this meeting will decide whether the next round of talks between the two countries will take place, and more importantly, whether they will pave the way for a meeting between the two heads of Government, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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