World Bulletin / News Desk
Banned Democratic Society Party (DTP) chairman said Saturday its lawmakers have withdrawn from the Turkish parliament.
After the Constitutional Court's Friday decision to shut down DTP, Ahmet Turk, former chairman of DTP, said they would not attend parliamentary sessions.
Turk claimed that the decision of the Constitutional Court was not a legal one, but political.
Constitutional Court, country's top legal authority, has decided to shut down DTP on charges it has ties with the terrorist organization PKK. 37 DTP executives, including Turk and MP Aysel Tugluk were banned from politics for five years.
"Blood can not be cleaned with blood, violence can not be solved with violence. We paid efffort to end violence," he said.
"The ideologic decision of Counstitutional Court that preserve the status quo hit our hope for peace," Turk added.
The resignation of the 21 MPs from the DTP raises the possibility of by-elections in mostly southern districts.
President Abdullah Gul said everybody should respect Constitutional Court's decision to shut down, backing the court ruling as tensions are expected to rise.
Commenting on the court decision for dissolution of DTP, Gul said, "I wish party executives would show the necessary care to protect parties. But the provisions of the constitution and the laws are clear. What can the court do?"
Gul, who is on an official trip to Montengero, spoke to reporters Saturday on the court decision for dissolution of DTP and said the Constitutional Court gave the decision unanimously.
Gul said Turkey embraced pluralism and desired to raise its democratic standards. He said the multi-party system meant representation of different opinions in different parties, noting however that this did not mean advocating separation.