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A judicial coup (March 2008)

Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya
Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya

On January 17 2008, Chief Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya (photo) warned the AKP that its attempt "to lift the headscarf ban" would have serious consequences. In a written statement, he warned that the reform would generate social discord, and that universities would become centres of anti-secular activity. He noted that the judiciary would take action against any political parties whose policies led to such a situation:

"The chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals stated that lifting the ban on the headscarf would harm the principle of secularity. The prosecutor stated: 'the sanctions, for parties that do not comply with the rules, are obvious.'" (Sabah)

Yalcinkaya's was not the only such warning. Retired General Dogu Silahcioglu advocated closing down the AKP in a Cumhurriyet article on February 3:

"Regardless of statements made, political Islam has taken over the Republic of Turkey. There is only one option left in the fight against political Islam. That is the elimination of the AKP government

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