'AK Party would be closed even if 97 p. of vote'

Sabih Kanadoğlu, a constitutional professor known for his staunch secularism and unyielding opposition to the AK Party, has said You would face this case even if you had 97 percent of the vote, not just 47 percent."

'AK Party would be closed even if 97 p. of vote'
Sabih Kanadoğlu, a constitutional professor known for his staunch secularism and unyielding opposition to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has said the AK Party was doomed to be closed down, claiming that it used religion as an instrument in conducting politics, Today's Zaman reported. 

Speaking yesterday at the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany, to a meeting of the Hessen Atatürkist Thought Association, Kanadoğlu, the former chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, expressed his opinion that a recent suit filed against the AK Party seeking to shut it down over alleged anti-secularist activities was well-deserved.

"Religion should not be turned into an instrument of politics. As long as people don't comply with this, many more political parties in Turkey will be shut down. You would face this case even if you had 97 percent of the vote, not just 47 percent," Kanadoğlu said. The AK Party was re-elected to power last summer, winning 47 percent of the vote.

In response to a question on what he thought of some European countries not implementing secularism as strictly as in Turkey, Kanadoğlu said: "They have it easy. There is no ambition of this or that denomination of Christianity to take over Germany's political life. Christianity has been purified by going through the Enlightenment period."

He also warned the AK Party against attempting to change the Constitution in a bid to remove the authority of the Constitutional Court to close down political parties in order to prevent its own closure.

"If they do such a thing, the Constitutional Court would annul this regulation. This is a universal rule of law. A person cannot become his or her own judge. If the AK Party does this, it will have violated the principle of rule of law. Thus, it would have provided yet one more reason for its closure," he stated.

However, shutting down the AK Party would not be a solution, he admitted. "The nation should be educated. We should bring our people to a state where they can understand who is harming Turkey."

Yet he also criticized the staunchly secularist main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), saying, "Such an opposition deserves such a government."


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