Turkish top court rejects ruling AK party ban

Turkey's chief judge Kilic said that Turkish top court decided to impose partial financial penalties on the party.

Turkish top court rejects ruling AK party ban

Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday not to close down the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party but it decided to deprive the party of the financial assistance that it would receive from the state.

Six members of the Constitutional Court voted for closure of the political party while four others voted for depriving the party of the financial assistance, and one member voted for the rejection of the case, said Hasim Kilic, president of the court.

"Accordingly, the AK party will be deprived of the financial assistance with an amount of half of the assistance," Kilic said.

Kilic described the ruling as a "serious warning."

AK Party entered Turkish political scene on August 14th, 2001 under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AK Party entered the general elections of November 3rd, 2002, and it defeated all other parties by winning 34 percent of the vote. 34 percent of the national vote gave AK Party 363 seats in the 550-seat parliament. After the interim election in the southeastern province of Siirt and new participation in the party, AK Party's number of seats rose to 367.

Following the 58th government of the Republic of Turkey, set up under the leadership of Abdullah Gül, AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected to the parliament in the interim election in Siirt and became the Prime Minister of Turkey's 59th government.

In the local elections on March 28th, 2004, AK Party increased its 34 percent vote in the November 3rd, 2002 elections to 42 percent.

AK Party won 46.6 percent of the popular vote and allocated 341 seats in July 22nd, 2007 general elections.


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