Turkey mulls banning leading party before elections

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Turkey's chief prosecutor has asked the Turkish constitutional court to close the Justice and Development Party, which currently leads opinion polls before the 3 November general elections. If the move is approved, Turkey is in danger of drifting further away from EU democratic standards after the country has already been criticised by the Commission for banning the party's leader from participating in elections.


Turkey's Chief Prosecutor, Sabih Kanadoglu, has accused the Justice and Development Party of abusing the law and justice. He bases his case on the fact that the party's leader has been banned from political life.


The party's leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stepped down from being a founder member of the party a week ago, but he remains the party's chairman. The party, which has its roots in Islamic political parties that have been banned, is poised to win the 3 November elections.

 

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