Turkish Constitutional Court, country's top legal authority, has decided to shut down Democratic Society Party, or DTP, on charges it has ties with PKK, court's president said on Friday.
Following 9-hour deliberations on the fourth day the case, Constitutional Court President Hasim Kilic said DTP was closed down as it became a focal point of acts against inseparable unity of the state.
Kilic said 37 DTP members, including DTP Chairman Ahmet Turk and MP Aysel Tugluk were banned from politics for five years.
DTP leader Ahmet Turk told reporters after all, "obstruction of democratic politics will deepen hopelessness. This is a fact."
Turk also renewd his call to solve the issue with a mutual dialogue.
"Despite all these, we believe that Turkey will acquire peace one day. Turkey cannot resolve problems by banning political parties. Problems can be resolved through joint understanding, dialogue and logic," he said.
Legislators Turk and Tugluk will also be expelled from the Parliament after court ruling is published in the Official Gazette.
Chief Public Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya filed a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court on November 16, 2007, asking the closure of DTP since it allegedly became a center of acts against Turkey's inseparable unity.
Founded in 2005, the DTP has currently 21 seats at the parliament. The party won 2009 local elections in nine provinces.