Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan does not expect his party will be closed down, he was quoted as saying on Tuesday, following a prosecutor's attempt to ban the party for allegedly Islamist activities.
Last month Turkey's Constitutional Court agreed to take up the case against the ruling AK Party, rattling investors who fear months of political uncertainty, and prompting concern in the European Union.
Erdogan, on a trip to Qatar, was asked whether the case meant the party would be closed down, state news agency Anatolian reported.
"Friends, I do not believe such a thing anyhow," he was quoted as saying.
The prosecutor accuses the AK Party of anti-secular activities and wants 71 party officials, including Erdogan, banned from politics for five years.
The chairman of the court -- which closed down the AK Party's predecessor party -- has been quoted as saying the case could take six or seven months to conclude.
The European Union, which Turkey hopes to join, has criticised the case and called on the court to apply European standards.
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