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Turkey’s Political Opposition Blasts Ruling AKP

Devlet Bahceli, leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party(MHP), claimed the ruling Justice and Developmnt Party(AKP) led by Prime Minister Erdogan, is using the attempt by the prosecutor’s office to close it down as a strategy of placing itself as a victim rather than confronting real issues that have occurred during its administration of the nation. He believes Prime Minister Erdogan wants to utilize the “closure case” as a means of playing the “victim” in order to cover up corruption during his administration.

The Turkish political leader was also critical of the European Union which has urged Turkey not to pursue the closure case since it would result in political change taking place by the judiciary rather than allowing the Turkish people to make such decisions. “The EU has tried to become a support system for the AKP”said Bahceli. The Republcian People’s Party(CHP) joined in the assault on the European Union by claiming it lacked a sense of Turkish history which places secular rule as the center of government.

Prime Minister Erdogan and the AKP have worked carefully to avoid being cast as a “Muslim party” which endeavors to install the rule of Sharia law. It has respected secular feelings and the main issue is its desire to allow Muslim female students to wear a headscarf while attending university classes. The headscarf issue is a sensitive one and it may well frighten secular forces which regard it as but the first step in the enforcement of an Islamic system of government. But, closing down a political party on the basis of one issue is hardly the manner in which to create a society in which free speech is critically important.

European Union Skeptical of Closure Case In Turkey

There is growing concern in many European nations over efforts by defenders of secularism in Turkey to use the court system in an effort to destroy the ruling Justice and Development Party(AKP) whose leaders are accused of seeking to impose a strict Muslim code of behavior on the nation. Guther Krichbaum, chair of an EU committee, said the closure case “will be a litmus test to prove how strong the democracy in Turkey is. We are convinced that Turkey will finally choose the responsbile way to get out of this crisis.” The Constitutional Court on March 31 agreed to hear a case brought by the chief prosecutor which would result in driving from power the AKP on grounds it violates Turkey’s secular constitution.

Most European leaders are concerned that a political party which was freely elected could be forced from power by a non-elected court even though no evidence has ever been presented that AKP leaders are advocating any form of volence. The political arena should be the scene of discussion, not a court which will rely on statements made through the years by AKP leaders. The central issue is the presence of any evidence AKP leaders are threatening the rights of opposition parties.

The only example of “Islamisation” brought by opponents is the decision to allow female students at the university to wear a headscarf on collge grounds. There undoubtedly are examples at the local level where city authorities banned the sale of alcohol, but no such effort has ever been made in the Turkish parliament.