Turkish minister rejects party crackdown claim

Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu alleges preparations are being made to shut down political parties.

Turkish minister rejects party crackdown claim

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s interior minister has strongly rejected speculation that any Turkish political party could be shut down, after the country’s main opposition leader alleged that his Republican People's Party could be forced out of business.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu claimed on private TV channel CNN TURK on Wednesday that certain groups and individuals were preparing to shut down his party.

The CHP leader claimed to know the identities of these people.

However, government sources have strongly rejected his claims. “No one could attempt such a thing -- closing a political party," Interior Minister Efkan Ala said during a TV interview Thursday.

"We were against the closure of political parties all along," he said.

"The closure of a legal entity of a political party is wrong; this is not the right thing. Turkey has been the most damaged by closing political parties. Even we [the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party] suffered, and everyone else suffered, too," Ala said.

Turkey’s parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek expressed his opinion on Kilicdaroglu’s allegation Thursday by saying: "Closures of political parties are not compatible with democracy, ever."

On Friday, the ruling AK Party parliamentary group figure Ahmet Aydin invited Turkey’s rival parties to explain their claims.

Aydin said that the AK Party was against such closures. "I believe that no political party in Turkey should be shut down, in new Turkey," he added.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Mart 2015, 13:14