Speaker: Decision raises Turkey's democratic bar

Turkey's parliament speaker Toptan said that politicians should assess the reason of the decision well, and take lessons.

Speaker: Decision raises Turkey's democratic bar
Turkey's parliament speaker defined on Wednesday the decision of the top court on the ruling party as a relieving one.

Turkey's Constitutional Court decided not to close ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party. Six members of the court voted for closure of the political party while four others voted for depriving the party of the financial assistance, and one member voted for the rejection of the case.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said that the decision of the Constitutional Court relieved every one.

"This decision has raised Turkey's democratic bar," Toptan told reporters.

Toptan said that politicians should assess the reason of the decision well, and take lessons.

The parliament speaker also said that Turkey should adjust its laws and regulations regarding closure of political party to that of Venice criteria, European laws and practices, and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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