Nationalist opposition party leader harshly criticised the top court's decision to annul constitutional amendments over the request of the secular opposition party but he said that he would says "no" in referendum.
Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli described Constitutional Court's recent decision on government-sponsored constitutional amendments as "shady", saying "the court exceeded its authority and gave a political decision."
The ruling AK Party ministers have also made similar criticisms over Constitutional Court's decision.
However Bahceli said court ruling has not interrupted the referendum which he said would vote "no" joining the main opposition party's uncompromising stance.
On Wednesday, Turkish Constitutional Court, country's highest legal body, rejected main opposition CHP's request to cancel constitutional amendments approved by the Parliament in May.
The court partly annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package about the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Rest of the package will be decided by a referendum on September 12.
Bahceli accused the government of having "hidden motives" while passing the amendment package and said his party would launch a campaign for a "no" vote in the referendum. He said government was trying to dilute the independence of the judiciary.
"MHP will uncover government's hidden purposes in the referendum," Bahceli said.
Earlier in the day, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek welcomed court ruling and said "the current shape of the constitutional amendment package is great."
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 16:06