Turkey's top court calls for constitutional amendments

This is the first time the Constitutional Court implemented the provision of the Article 69 of the Constitution that envisions depriving a political party of financial assistance instead of closing.

Turkey's top court calls for constitutional amendments
Turkey's top court called on Wednesday for new constitutional amendments.
Hasim Kilic, the president of Turkey's Constitutional Court, called on politicians to reach a compromise and make several constitutional amendments to eliminate problems in political party closure cases.

"They should make these amendments rapidly," Kilic told reporters after he announced the decision of the court not to close the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party.

Six members of the Constitutional 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.

Kilic said he believed every one would exert necessary efforts to reduce political tension in Turkey from now on.

This is the first time the Constitutional Court implemented the provision of the Article 69 of the Constitution that envisions depriving a political party of financial assistance.

The provision was added to the Constitution in 2001.

The provision says that the court can totally or partially deprive a political party of financial assistance in closure cases instead of banning the party from politics.

The Constitutional Court started debating the closure case on Monday. It concluded the case after a 30-hour debate.

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