Turkish court seeks charges against PM

Turkey's Constitutional Court will take legal action against prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over critical remarks directed by the premier at the court over its ruling to declare void a vote in parliament to elect the country's president, the head of

Turkish court seeks charges against PM
Turkey's Constitutional Court will take legal action against prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over critical remarks directed by the premier at the court over its ruling to declare void a vote in parliament to elect the country's president, the head of the court, Tulay Tugcu announced Wednesday.

“The Prime Minister’s statement included threatening, insulting and hostile words, ”Tugcu said.

Earlier Wednesday Tugcu told to the reporters that the court took its decisions and issued its rulings free from pressure from groups or individuals.

When asked if the court was considering any legal action against the prime minister, Tugcu replied: “Yes we will make a criminal complaint about his statements”.

The court had decided that according to the constitution 367 parliementarians had to be present during the parliamentary vote to elect Turkey's new head of state. It thus annulled a 27 April vote in which 357 parliementerians had taken part.

AKP members insisted that the legal requirement was for 184 parlimenterians to be present in the first round voting. However the assertion was disputed by the main opposition party, the CHP, which sought the Constitutional Court's ruling on the matter. The court annulled the election saying that the necessary quorum of parliamentarians had not been reached to validate the voting.
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