Turkish Population Opposes Outlawing Political Party

The people of Turkey are uneasy regarding attempts by Chief Prosecutor Abudurrahman Yacinkaya to have the Constitutional Court outlaw the Justice and Development Party which represents the views of moderate Muslims. A recent poll conducted in Turkey reveals that 70% of Turks oppose any attempt to declare illegal a political party which is currently governing the nation. About one-fourth of Turks regard the AKP as a threat to the basic values and structures of their government. Almost 50% said they had lost confidence in the Constitutional Court because it decided to hear the case while 21% said the decision was based on legal grounds.

About 37% expessed dissent with the concept that a political party should be closed down while 22.8% said “speeches and actions that conflict with the law” were legitimate criteria in making the decision to declare a political party to be illegal.

The old adage about actions speaking louder than words holds true in politics. The AKP up to this point has adhered to Turkish law. Its action in attempting to make legal the right of a woman to wear a headscarf in university is a controversial one, but certainly not cause to close down a political party.