Turkish court meets on election appeal

Turkey's highest court met Tuesday to decide on an appeal by the main opposition party to cancel the disputed presidential vote amid reports that a legal expert has advised the court to reject it.

Turkish court meets on election appeal
Turkey's highest court met Tuesday to decide on an appeal by the main opposition party to cancel the disputed presidential vote amid reports that a legal expert has advised the court to reject it.

Tulay Tugcu, the chief justice of the court, said they will try to issue a verdict on Tuesday.

Earlier, news reports said Hikmet Tulen, an expert assigned by the court to evaluate the appeal, recommended that the court reject it. Court officials would not confirm or deny the report.

If the appeal is rejected, parliament will proceed and hold a second round of voting as scheduled.

If the court accepts the argument of the main opposition party that the participation of two-thirds of the lawmakers was necessary to hold a vote in Friday's first round, then the election could be canceled and early general elections could be declared within three months.

Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2007, 19:14
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