Turkey's top court refuses to lower 10 pct electoral threshold

Turkey's constitutional court on Tuesday refused to rule on a proposal to lower the 10 percent threshold for political parties to enter parliament

Turkey's top court refuses to lower 10 pct electoral threshold

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's top court declined on Tuesday to rule on proposals to lower a 10 percent threshold for parliamentary representation, broadcaster NTV said, a move which could help Tayyip Erdogan increase his presidential powers after forthcoming polls.

It is also a blow to the Kurdish HDP party - whose support hovers around the threshold - in the run-up to elections due in June. Exclusion of the HDP from parliament could affect efforts to negotiate an end to a 30-year-old rebellion in the southeast.

The Constitutional Court ruled it was not competent to order a change in the threshold, meaning the electoral law will remain as it is. It gave no further clarification.

Erdogan has targeted a two thirds majority in parliament for AKP, which would ease the way for planned constitutional changes to bolster his powers as head of state.

In the 2011 elections, Kurdish candidates ran as independents before forming the party after being elected, but HDP's leaders have this time said they want to stand as a unified party.

If any party fails to reach the threshold, their votes are re-distributed proportionally, meaning AKP, which seems almost certain to emerge as the most popular party, would be the main beneficiary.

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