World Bulletin/News Desk
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said trust in Turkey's legal system was essential to it attaining its long-term growth goals.
Babacan, in charge of the economy and seen by investors as a market-friendly voice in the ruling AK Party, said Turkey's aim of reaching an average national income of $25,000 per person would be unreachable if investors, foreign and domestic, could not rely on the courts.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is currently pushing through parliament a draft law which will give the government tighter control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, after recent developments pointing "unlawful desicions" by some judges and "secret investigations" by some prosecutors.
Erdogan says they essential to root out the influence of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric, and former ally, he accuses of infiltrating the judiciary and police to influence policy behind the scenes.
Erdogan's supporters see U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen - a former ally whose network of followers is influential in the police and judiciary - as a prime mover in a smear campaign backed by foreign collaborators.
AK supporters say the party's proposals to reform the judiciary will make it more, not less, independent by countering the influence of Gulenists within the legal system.
"If we can't make an investor, whether domestic or international, take the view: 'I trust the Turkish legal system' ... a national income of $25,000 will remain just a dream," Babacan said late on Wednesday.
"Legal security is a prerequisite in a country. Clear, written rules, equality of opportunity, competition operating according to these rules. These are very important," he told a conference of Turkish ambassadors.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 11:55