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Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Turkish Court Opts Not To Ban AKP
TURKEY'S highest court yesterday rejected an attempt to ban the governing AK Party on charges of trying to introduce Islamic rule, but did impose financial penalties.
The verdict ended months of political uncertainty, which has hit Turkey's financial markets on fears that the democratically-elected party would be shut down, halting economic and political reforms needed before it can join the European Union.

Hasim Kilic, chief justice and chairman of the Constitutional Court, said six of the 11 judges voted to close the AKP – one fewer than required. But the court did decide to cut some state aid to the party.

"The verdict on cutting treasury aid has been given because of members who decided the party was the hub of anti-secular activities, but not seriously enough (to close the party]," Mr Kilic, clearly emotional, told a news conference. "The decision was a warning, a serious warning," said Mr Kilic after three days of deliberations.

The AKP was re-elected with 47 per cent of the vote last year and denied charges of violating the secular constitution by supporting Islamist activities. It welcomed the ruling, with Faruk Celik, the labour minister, saying Turkish democracy had won.
No, not democracy - ISLAM. Islam won.
Posted on 07/30/2008 8:15 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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