After the signature ceremony, State Minister Kara will meet Ahmet Ojuyahia, Algerian Prime Minister, Lahcne Moussaoui, Minister Responsible from International Cooperation, Bakhti Belaid, Trade Minister, Sid Ahmed Boulil, Transportation Minister and Habib Chawki Hamraou, Minister of Culture and Communication.
State Minister Burhan Kara will return to Turkey on February 26.
The Constitutional Court closed RP under the Articles 68 and 69 of the Constitution and under the Articles 101-B and 103-1 of the Law on the Political Parties No. 2820. Mainly, the Constitutional Court accuses RP of its ''activities contrary to the principle of secular Turkish Republic.''
Court of Appeal Chief Public Prosecutor Vural Savas brought a file against RP claming that the latter became a focus of anti-secularist activities and it should have to be closed on May 21, 1997. The closure case ended by the publication of the full verdict of the Constitutional Court in Official Gazette after nine months.
The Constitutional Court declared its decision concerning the closure of RP on January 16, 1998 and the full verdict was published after 37 days. The closure decsion was taken by nine to two votes.
The leader Necmettin Erbakan and other party members namely Ahmet Tekdal, Sevket Kazan, Sevki Yılmaz and Hasan Huseyin Ceylan lost their membership in the parliament, because their statements and acts caused the closure of the party.
Together with these parliamentarians, Kayseri Mayor Sukru Karatepe are barred from being member, founder and leader of any other party for five years.
Meanwhile, 147 parliamentarians from the Welfare Party will be independent parliamentarians from now on. The Constitutional Court did not impose any political punishment for RP members and mayors. These members and mayors can join a new party or join the existing political parties. However a new political party which purports to be a replacement for RP can face the same penalty.
The verdict of the Constitutional Court says that:
''Article 68-4 of the Constitution foresees that the statutes and programmes of political parties shall not be in conflict with the indivisible integrity of the state with its territory and nation, human rights, national sovereignty and the principles of the democratic and secular Republic. Article 69-6 says that the closure of a political party shall be decided by the Constitutional Court, if the latter concludes that the party in question acts contrary to Article 68-4. In this respect, the Welfare Party has become the focus of anti-secular activities and acted contrary to the principle of secularism.''
With the closure of the Welfare Party, the number of empty seats in the parliament increased to eight, while the independent members increased from 16 to 160.
The leader of RP, Necmettin Erbakan, stripped of his parliamentary immunity, may now face possible charges of sedition and contempt of court.
Speaking at the 100th anniversary of Gaziantep Trade Chamber, Deputy Prime Minister Ecevit said that Turkey will never leave TRNC alone, adding that ''Turkish Armed Forces will not withdraw from TRNC territory till the Turkish Cypriot people say that they are secure. Turkish Armed Forces are not invasion troops. The only target of the missiles purchased by the Greek Cypriot side is Turkey, therefore Turkey has the right to be in the island. As long as Turkish Republic exists, TRNC will also exist.''
Bulent Ecevit stressed that no other principle can be adopted in Cyprus other than bi-communal and bi-sectional one.
Bulent Ecevit stated that investors of Gaziantep province started to invest abroad, adding that ''now they are preparing to invest in TRNC. I congratulate them and believe that this will be an example for other businessmen in other regions.''
Noting that Turkish Cypriot side has been negatively affected from the economic embargo imposed after the 1974 Peace Operation, Ecevit pointed out that Turkey should contribute to economic development of TRNC.
TRNC President Rauf Denktas in his part said that TRNC will do everthing for reconciliation, but it will not give up the flag of TRNC.
Welfare Party was established on July 19, 1983. Its first leader was Ali Tumen, but later Ahmet Tekdal was elected as the party leader. Welfare started to be organized all over the country after it was established, however it could not compete in November 6, 1983 general elections.
Welfare Party competed in local elections held on March 25, 1984 and it won the municipalities of Sanlıurfa and Van provinces and five other towns.
Welfare, which was fully organized in 64 provinces and 59 towns in 1984, held its first congress meeting on June 30, 1985. Necmettin Erbakan, who was banned from politics after September 12, 1980, returned to politics by a referendum held in 1987 and elected as the leader of Welfare Party by majority of votes on October 11, 1987.
Welfare, which competed in general elections of 1987, gained 7,2 votes, but could not enter the parliament.
Welfare party participated in general elections of 1991 by entering into an alliance with Nationalist Working Party (MCK) and Reformist Democracy Party (IDP). This alliance gained 62 seats in the parliament, however the number of Welfare seats decreased to 38 by the withdrawal of 23 MCP and IDP members.
Welfare Party won 28 provinces, including big cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Kayseri, Erzurum, Diyarbakır and almost 400 towns and villages in March 27, 1994 Local elections.
The number of Welfare seats in the parliament increased to 158 from 38 after the general elections held on December 24, 1995 and the votes for Welfare reached 21,4 percent (almost six million) in the same elections.
The Welfare Party, which had the highest number of seats in the parliament by increasing its votes by 400 percent, reached an agreement with the True Path Party (DYP) and set up the 54th government of the Turkish Republic on June 28, 1996.
Erbakan who was prime minister for one year, wished True Path Party leader Tansu Ciller to be the new prime minister due to the protocol the two parties signed between them.
However, President Suleyman Demirel appointed Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yılmaz to set up a new government. The 55th government was established on June 30, 1998.
Court of Appeal Chief Prosecutor Vural Savas brought a file against the Welfare on May 21, 1997 claiming that it became the focus of anti-secular activities and it should be closed. The Constitutional Court closed the party on January 16, 1998. The full verdict of the Court was published on February 22, 1998.
Addressing a statement at Ataturk Airport before leaving for Algeria, Burhan Kara said that the political and economic relations between the two countries started to further develop after 1984, ''recently our economic and commercial relations have a tendency to decrease, but I believe that the Naval Transportation and Navigation Agreement will contribute to our economic relations,'' he said.
Kara stated that he will be received by Algerian Prime Minister Ahmet Ojuyahia and hold contacts with Lahcne Moussaoui, Algerian Minister Responsible from International Cooperation, Bakhti Belaid, Trade Minister, Sid Ahmed Boulil, Transportation Minister and Habib Chawki Hamraou, Minister of Culture and Communication.
State Minister Kara will return to Turkey on February 25.
Shattuck met Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz, State Minister Hikmet Sami Turk, Sema Piskinsut, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission, Akın Birdal, the Chairman of Human Rights Association (IHD) and Leyla Zana, the former deputy of the banned Democracy Party (DEP), held contacts in emergency state region and visited several prisons.
While the number of empty seats increased from two to eight by the closure of the Welfare Party, the number of political parties represented in the parliament decreased from nine to eight. The biggest party became the Motherland Party (ANAP) with 139 deputies and DYP became the main opposition party with 92 deputies.
With the closure of Welfare Party by the Constitutional Court, the number of seats in the parliament has changed as follows:
Motherland Party (ANAP)...................139
True Path Party (DYP) ........................92
Democratic Leftist Party (DSP).............63
Republican Peoples Party (CHP)............55
Democratic Turkey Party (DTP)............22
Great Union Party (BBP)........................8
National Movement Party (MHP).............2
Parliamentary Presidency will return files concerning parliamentary immunities of four RP deputies to Prime Ministry.
Necmettin Erbakan, the leader of the closed Welfare Party (RP) will be tried in seven separate cases, while Hasan Huseyin Ceylan will be tried in five, Sevki Yılmaz in 25 and Ibrahim Halil Celik will be tried in 12 separate cases.