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    Baykal: Bring That Law; Let Us Amend It

    Hürriyet Haber
    20.04.2004 - 10:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    Deniz Baykal, the Chairman of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called out to ruling AKP to collaborate on amending the Article 35 of the Law on Domestic Services of Armed Forces that constituted a basis for coups in Turkey.

    Yesterday, a surprising development occurred between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Deniz Baykal against the military coups, in a symposium entitled "National Sovereignty and Politics."

    Upon an AKP deputy's recalling the coups, Baykal said, "The initiative on this issue is with the cabinet. If the cabinet feels the necessity to amend this legal basis and bring it before the Parliament, then we will also see and support it."

    He also said, "I believe that the probability of a military coup in Turkey is out of agenda, forever. Turkey has realized its democratic transformation. It has realized the mentality for the superiority of national will."

    The article, which was the basis for the coup of September 12, 1980,  reads as follows: "The duty of Armed Forces is to watch and protect the Turkish territory and the Republic of Turkey that is determined by the Constitution."



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