POLITICS


PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS MAY BE HELD IN TURKEY

On September 20, the Court of Appeal of Turkey, having considered the apply of the True Way Party, published its decision that the Party of Popular Democracy had no right to take part in the parliamentary elections on November 3, 2002. Votes given at those elections to the Party of Popular Democracy (approximately 2 million) had been acknowledged invalid. Therefore, the True Way Party crossed a 10-percent barrier, as a result of which she was to be represented in the parliament by 66 deputies.

Such situation is taking place in that country for the first time. In this concern, lawyers put forward different options. The first is to acknowledge the results of November 3, 2002 elections invalid and to hold new elections; the second is to terminate mandates of 42 deputies of the Party of Justice and Development, 22 deputies of the Popular Republican Party and 2 independent deputies, in exchange the True Way Party will get 66 deputy mandates; the third is to preserve the existing situation without changes.

The resolution of the Court of Appeal was sent to the Central Election Commission of Turkey, which is to pass the next resolution. According to some offers, Central Election Commission, taking into account the fact that a year has passed, and that during this time the governmental was formed twice, will offer to take political decision and to submit this issue to the Parliament for discussion. In this case, the Great National Assembly of Turkey will take the decision.

It should be reminded that the municipal elections in Turkey are scheduled to spring 2004. Some deputies of the Party of Justice and Development and Popular Republican Party offer to hold the parliamentary elections at the same time. The current situation in Turkey is within a special, attention of the European Union.

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