'TÜSİAD supports AK Party closure'

Former Swedish Ambassador to Turkey Ann Dismorr has stated that many members of the Turkish Industrialists and Business-men's Association (TÜSİAD) support the closure of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) by Turkey's top court.

'TÜSİAD supports AK Party closure'
Former Swedish Ambassador to Turkey Ann Dismorr has stated that many members of the Turkish Industrialists and Business-men's Association (TÜSİAD) support the closure of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) by Turkey's top court.

During a press conference held in Brussels for the publicity of her recently published book, titled "Turkey Decoded," which is full of insights about Turkish society and politics, Dismorr claimed that many TÜSİAD members have voiced their support for the closure of the ruling party in informal meetings. "I cannot understand their stance [against the AK Party]. Turkey has attracted direct foreign investment flow thanks to its political stability," said Dismorr, who served as Swedish ambassador to Turkey between 2001 and 2005.

Dismorr, recalling that dozens of political parties have so far been disbanded in Turkey, noted that the closure case against the AK Party is much different than the cases filed for the closure of other parties as the ruling party closure case targets a political party in power that is supported by an outright majority of society.

A state prosecutor on March 14 requested the closure of the AK Party on the grounds that it has become a focal point of "anti-secular activities," also calling for a ban on 71 of its high-level officials from engaging in politics for five years, including former AK Party member President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. "Barring the charismatic leader Erdoğan from political activity would pose a risk for Turkey," Dismorr said.

Dismorr, stating that polarization increases from day to day in Turkey, said she wished the government had handled the headscarf problem with a big reform package. "Then, the initiative to lift the headscarf ban would not arouse suspicions among certain circles. Turkey should unite on the path toward full membership to the EU," she noted. Dismorr also said she does not consider the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) an alternative to the Turkish government.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Haziran 2008, 08:25
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