Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli has called on the General Public Prosecutor's Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals to act against the "Qandil politicians who not only abstain from criticizing the terrorists, but even praise their heinous acts." Bahçeli was implying that the office should close the Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) in his written statement Sunday. On Monday, responding to Bahçeli, HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş said, "The MHP should first consider their blood-stained history before bashing us. In addition, the people are the only ones who have a say in the opening and closing of political parties."The recent argument between the two aforementioned leaders has rekindled the discussions regarding political party closure. During a 60-year period of Turkey's political history, a total of 28 political parties were closed, while many have also faced closure. Similar to the Democrat Party's situation in 1960, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) faced closure as the ruling party in 2008, while narrowly avoiding it by just one vote. The AK Party has since been devoting efforts to make political party closures difficult through implementing new laws, on the premise of democratization. While Article 69, which aimed to make the closure of political parties difficult, was dropped from the package of constitutional amendments due to opposition from the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the MHP, causing the lack of required votes in 2010, the proposed amendment was approved by Parliament in March 2015, after there were allegations that the CHP could face closure.
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