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    Turkish pres to consider stepping in court-AKP standoff

    Hurriyet English with wires
    22.05.2008 - 16:36 | Son Güncelleme:

    The Turkish president said Thursday he will consider the nationalist MHP's call to step in to resolve the standoff between the government and judiciary, TV channels reported. The nationalist MHP also said the AKP declared jihad on Turkish judges. (UPDATED)

    Gul told on Thursday reporters he was examining Bahceli's call and he would evaluate it.

    "I just received it (word of Bahceli's statement). I am examining it. We will evaluate it," he was quoted by the Anatolian Agency as saying.

    The leader of nationalist MHP Devlet Bahceli said on Thursday the president should step in on the situation to avoid a regime crisis. The court was right in its statement however it should stay within the limits of its duties, he added in a written statement.      

    "In accordance with the Article 104 of the constitution, the president holds the duty and the authority to observe the application of the constitution and the working of the state institutions properly and consistently. It could be appropriate and useful for the president to take the initiative on the issue as we came to the point where there is a clear clash between the basic institutions of the state," the statement read.

    Bahceli also called for a dialogue mechanism to be established between the heads of the legislative, executive and judicial institutions under Gul's presidency, to end the clashes, addressing all points of the matter.

    The MHP leader also said in the statement, the AKP was attacking the legal establishment in its bid to avoid being shut down for alleged violation of Turkey's secular constitution.

    "Instead of defending themselves on a legitimate basis, the prime minister and the AKP have chosen the path of showing their political strength and practically declared a jihad against the judiciary," he said.

    "Prime Minister (Tayyip) Erdogan and the AKP have launched a campaign of illegitimate and immoral attacks, threats and terror targeting the independent Turkish judiciary," he added.

    The statement underlined the AKP's increased isolation in parliament in its deepening row with the country's judges. It followed a fierce exchange on Wednesday between the government and the Court of Appeals, which said political circles were seeking to influence the judiciary.

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