Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Dropping Secularism

46024407-B0A6-441D-8A5B-E246DD641508_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy14_cw0{VOA News} – The speaker of the Turkish parliament has spoken out in favor of a new constitution based on religious principles, in direct contrast to the secular basis on which modern Turkey was founded.

Ismail Kahraman of the ruling AK party said in a speech late Monday that the text of a new constitution should not contain wording about secularism. He said as a majority Muslim nation, Turkey should not be “in a retreat from religion.”

The AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for a new constitution and increased powers for the president, a move that critics say could concentrate too much power in the hands of an authoritarian government.

Turkey’s current constitution is inherited from a military government that followed a coup in 1980. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.