Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Rehn Calls on All Parties in Turkey to Respect Court's Verdict

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Rehn Calls on All Parties in Turkey to Respect Court's Verdict

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The European Commission strongly urged on 2 May all parties in Turkey to respect the Constitutional Court's ruling on the first round of presidential elections and reiterated its warning against any attempts by army generals to interfere in politics.aThe Constitutional Court ruled on 1 May that the number of deputies present at the voting was insufficient to form the quorum necessary for the ballot to be valid.

"The EU is founded on [ ] the supremacy of democratic civilian power over the military. If a country wants to become a member of the Union, it needs to respect these principles," said Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn in a statement released after a meeting of the College of Commissioners on 2 May where they discussed the current state of affairs in Turkey. "Regardless of the unfortunate events leading to the ruling, the legal decision by the Constitutional Court should now be respected by all parties,' added Commissioner Rehn.

The Commission's statement follows worrying signals from Ankara, where Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), denounced earlier the same day the ruling by the Constitutional Court to annul the first-round vote in the presidential elections as "a bullet fired at democracy".

The ruling "blocked the way of electing a president in parliament, almost made it impossible [...] This is at the same time a bullet fired at democracy," said Erdogan. …

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