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Turkish Opposition Asks Prime Minister To Admit Mistake

Main oppsition leader Deniz Baykal urged Prime Minister Erdogan to admit his party’s mistke in attempting to impose Islamic law on the secular nation of Turkey. He insisted the move to have Turkey’s hgh court close down the Justice and Development Party on grounds it violates the nation’s law by seeking to end the secular nature of Turkey would be avoided if the AKP admitted it was wrong to move in this direction and promise not to impose Shariah law on the people of Turkey. Baykal said: “Tensions were ignited by the AKP under Erdogan’s leadership. We need to overcome this problem. We need a fresh start.” The current crisis arose when chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya asked the Constitutional Court to close down the AkP and ban its leaders from engaging in politics for five years.

Many members of the oppostion are still angry that Abduallah Gul was elected president of Turkey since he was one of the founders of the Muslim oriented AKP. They believe the presence of a known supporter of Islam as leader of their nation was a provocative action which was bound to divide the country into pro Islamic forces and those fighting for maintaining the secular nature of the nation.

The reality is that the only action taken by the AKP was to lift the ban on the wearing of headscarf that was imposed on Muslim women attending universities. Perhaps, it is time for President Gul to be more forceful by ensuring secularists of his desire to maintain secular institutions.

Turkey’s High Court To Hear Closure Case

After close to five hours of intense deliberations, the eleven judges of Turkey’s Constitutional Court decided in a rare unanimous ruling to take up the case for closing down the Justice and Development Party(AKP) and banning the prime minister and dozens of lawmakers from politics. The chief prosecutor who led the fight to close down the AKP claims it is a focal point for anti-secular activities. Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yllcinkaya, requested closing down the political party and imposing a ban on 71 of its tp leaders which would prevent them from being involved in politics for five years.

In his indictment the Public Prosecutor charged: “All actions and rhetoric of the party is aimed at establishing an Islamic society in which Islamic rules and values have priority… and then carrying out legal arrangements to move towad Shariah.” The AKP has four weeks to offer its initial defense against the charges.

This blog opposes all forms of Islamic extremism as we oppose all those seeking to deny democratic rights in a nation. The people of Turkey have elected the AKP as their governing body and, as of this date, there has been no effort on the part of its leaders to move toward imposing Shariah law other than seeking to end the ban on wearing the headscarf in universities. The act of declaring a political party guilty on the basis of speech rather than actions raises issues of the meaning of democracy.

Tales Of Turkish Muslim Women And Headscarfs

A common belief of Turkish political leaders of the Justice and Development Party(AKP) is that Turkish women make the decision to wear a headscarf on their own because they believe it is somehow connected to being modest and behaving like a good Muslim woman. The Turkish Daily News recently provided stories behind how wives of prominent members of the AKP decided to wear a headscarf.

Prime Minister Erdogan’s wife was a romantic teenager who enjoyed a typical teenage girl’s life until her brother brought the news. “I even thought of committing suicide when my brother told me that I should wear a headscarf. How could I be covered? We had no acquaintances in our circle(who wore headscarfs).” After she married she became a housewife and wore the headscarf.

Hayrunnisa Gul, wife of the president of Turkey. She was engaged at 14 and married at 15. The day she married was the first day she wore a headscarf.

Zeyne Babacan, wife of the foreign minister. She was a student at the university when she got into an arranged marriage. After being married, she gave up the university, became a housewife and put on the headscarf.

Somehow, these stories indicate evidence of arranged marriages and women giving up careers in order to please husbands and only after marriage finally deciding to wear the headscarf. This is hardly evidence of a strong desire on the part of Turkish women to wear the headscarf. It merely reflects that husbands make decisions and wives obey them.