Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Friday asked the country’s top court to annul a government decree numbered 668 which was issued during a state of emergency declared in the wake of a military coup attempt of July 15.
In line with the government decree numbered 668, Turkey’s gendarmerie and Coastal Security Guard were subordinated to the Interior Ministry while 1,684 military officers were expelled from their posts from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) due to their alleged links with the faith-based Gülen movement.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak has recently claimed that it is technically impossible for CHP to take decrees issued during a state of emergency to the country’s Constitutional Court for cancellation.
In remarks that appeared on the Milliyet daily on Wednesday, Kaynak said: “The cases that can be heard by the Constitutional Court are very clear in our Constitution. They could take laws and parliamentary bylaws [to the top court]. There is also the right to file an individual petition with the Constitutional Court, but this is not for the cancellation of a law. So they cannot take the government decrees to the Constitutional Court.”