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    This time, Ankara target for State Council reprimand

    Hürriyet Haber
    14 Şubat 2006 - 12:05Son Güncelleme : 14 Şubat 2006 - 12:05

    The Turkish State Council, which has been the target of fierce criticism in past days for a decision regarding the wearing of headscarves on the way to or from school by officially appointed state school teachers, has reacted sharply to the Ankara administration's criticisms.

    A written statement yesterday from the State Council warned, without naming names, that the much-publicized comments from Ankara officials on the ruling were an infraction of the Turkish Constitution's 138th article, which forbids public official commentary on rulings which are still in process and not yet finalized. The written statement underlined that it felt that Ankara was interfering in legal processes, characterizing administration reaction as "not democratic."
    Part of the strong wording of the State Council statement, which appears to be referring to criticism issued by not only PM Erdogan, but also Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, is as follows:
    "The statements which have been issued over the past few days....are unfortunate ones to which a secular, democratic republic such as the Turkish Republic is not accustomed."
    Ankara has not yet responded to what appears to be a State Council reprimand for its outspoken opinions.


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