Turkish court to hear AK Party closure case on July 28

The court's verdict could be announced on the same day or soon after, in a case that also seeks to bar PM Erdogan, President Gul and 69 leading AK Party figures from party membership for five years.

Turkish court to hear AK Party closure case on July 28

Turkey's Constitutional Court will start a final hearing on a case to close the governing AK Party for alleged anti-secular activities on July 28, a court official said on Tuesday.

The 11 judges will meet behind closed doors to reach a verdict in a case that also seeks to bar Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and 69 leading AK Party figures from party membership for five years.

The court's verdict could be announced on the same day or soon after.

Under the Constitution, qualified majority of votes is required to disband a political party. Accordingly, at least 7 out of 11 members of the court need to vote in favor of the closure of the party.

The Constitutional Court can also rule to deprive the AK Party of financial assistance of the Treasury instead of its dissolution.

Earlier, rapporteur Osman Can advocated in his report that the court should reject the closure case.

Agencies

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