Turks think top court will ban ruling AK Party: Survey

The vast majority of people in Turkey think the Constitutional Court will order the ruling party's dissolution, according to a poll published this week.

Turks think top court will ban ruling AK Party: Survey
By Worldbulletin staff

70.2 per cent of respondents think the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be shut down as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Court, according to a poll by a poll conducted for Canada's Angus Reid Global Monitor.

Turkish voters renewed the Great National Assembly in July 2007. Final results gave the AKP 46.6 per cent of the vote and 341 seats in the legislature.

Parties require at least 10 per cent of the vote to earn seats under the country's proportional representation system. AKP member Recep Tayyip Erdogan has served as prime minister since March 2003.

On Mar. 14, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, Turkey's chief prosecutor of the Court of Appeals, filed a lawsuit in the country's Constitution Court demanding the closure of the AKP—Turkey's largest and most popular party—for allegedly anti-secular activities.

The case was brought to the Court after lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment to lift a ban on university students wearing the headscarf.

Erdogan has denied the accusations, saying that his party is not trying to instate Islamic rule in the country. The AKP submitted its defence to the court on Apr. 30.


Polling Data

How do you expect the case currently before the Constitutional Court to end?

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be shut down
70.2%

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will remain open
12.3%

Not sure
17.5%


The April 8-21 interview poll surveyed 3,200 adults at random, and had an error margin of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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