Party closures no longer part of Turkish political discourse: Minister

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 05.11.2014 11:05
Updated 05.11.2014 15:47
Party closures no longer part of Turkish political discourse: Minister

Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ stated on Wednesday that the era of closing political parties in Turkey has ended, in response to questions about the close of People's Democratic Party (HDP).

"As the AK Party, we are against the doctrine of closing political parties" said Bozdağ, who noted that Turkey used to be one of the top countries in terms of closing political parties, making the country what Bozdağ called the "cemetery of political parties".

The minister stated that he does not think that the closure of political parties in Turkey will acquire currency as the current situation favors democracy over tutelage, and freedoms over restrictions. Likewise, he underlined the fact that politics should be conducted under a constitutional framework and noted the HDP should express its opinion rather than encouraging violence.

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