AKP set to discuss roadmap on closure case

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the issue would be discussed at length at a meeting of the AKP's Central Executive Board Monday.

AKP set to discuss roadmap on closure case

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will discuss how to proceed in preparing a roadmap to make closure of political parties harder, the prime minister said Friday.

Speaking to journalists in Parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose party itself is facing a closure trial over accusations it has become the focal point of anti-secular activities, said the issue would be discussed at length at a meeting of the AKP's Central Executive Board (MYK) Monday.

Erdoğan also said the controversial Article 301 of the Turkish penal code would be added to Parliament's agenda following the social security bill. Article 301 criminalizes insulting Turkishness and state institutions and many journalists and writers have been prosecuted based on it.

The EU is critical of the article and argues that it is a major obstacle to introducing freedom of expression in Turkey.

Erdoğan held a surprise meeting in Parliament with Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan Friday, deputy AKP parliamentary group leader, Sadullah Ergin, was also present. Erdoğan previously talked to President Abdullah Gül.

The recent escalation of political tensions due to the closure case and the Ergenekon investigation has resulted in calls for politicians to find a middle ground.

Declining to give detailed information regarding the content of his meeting with Toptan, Erdoğan said lawmakers were working on the article in their respective commissions.

Turkish Daily News
Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2008, 17:40
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