Turkey's CHP: Top court has not solved 'crisis'

"In fact, ten of 11 members of the court determined that the party has become a focal point of anti-secular acts," Turkey's main secularist opposition leader Baykal argued.

Turkey's CHP: Top court has not solved 'crisis'
Turkey's main secularist opposition leader suggested on Wednesday that the top court had not solved the crisis regarding the closure case against the ruling party.

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.

Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said that Turkey's Constitutional Court had not solved the crisis.

"In fact, ten of 11 members of the court determined that the party has become a focal point of anti-secular acts," Baykal argued.

Baykal also highlighted the importance of the view of the Constitutional Court.

Also commenting on the decision, Hakki Suha Okay, the deputy chairman of the CHP group at parliament, said that every one should respect the decision.

"This decision will be the beginning of a new era in Turkey," Okay also said.

Okay also said that the decision was a clear indication that political parties that had an intention to act contrary to principles of the Republic, democracy and secular state of law, should give up such behaviors.

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