World Bulletin / News Desk
Abdüllatif Şener, a former deputy prime minister, has announced that his Turkey Party (TP) has decided to close down.
Speaking to a newspaper on Monday, Şener said, “We have shut down the TP.” Şener established the TP in May 2009, a few months after parting ways with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He was one of the founding members of the AK Party.
“We have closed down the TP because political parties which do not have seats in Parliament have difficulty in having their voice heard in Turkey. We are going through times in which the media and civil society organizations are keeping silent,” he explained.
Şener opted to run for Parliament as an independent candidate in the most recent general elections, in June 2011, but failed to get elected. There are rumors that Şener will continue his career in academia at a Turkish university.