ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
The Constitutional Court is set to convene for a regular meeting today where the judges will fix a date to discuss the verdict on the closure case against the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP.
Meanwhile, the AKP continues to consider scenarios for the post-verdict era, concentrating on preparations to form a new political party in case of closure.
The AKP's deputy parliamentary group leader, Şaban Dişli, confirmed yesterday that they are preparing optional strategies and said, �We have plan B and plan C, but these will be put in effect if needed. Otherwise they will remain just as plans.� However, he played down preparations for a new party, arguing party members do not expect closure. Even in case of closure, the matter would be solved rapidly, Dişli said.
�What is the worst scenario? Closure and political ban... There is ongoing public support for our government. Why? Because, we have never deviated from our target and we have never lost our solidarity. Our success comes from driving a tanker with the speed of a motorbike,� Dişli added as he responded to questions from reporters in Adapazarı.
While estimating the first week of August for announcement of the verdict, Dişli said that once the case is over, Parliament will go into summer recess.
Meanwhile, Cemil Çiçek, deputy leader of the party, repeated their demand from the top court to complete the judicial process as soon as possible. �There is nothing we can say on the matter at this moment. We have already expressed our view on the matter,� he said after the weekly cabinet meeting in Ankara. Members of the top court are said to be finalizing their analysis on the rapporteur's recommendation submitted to the court's president, Haşim Kılıç, last week. Rapporteur Osman Can had urged the court not to ban the AKP in his non-binding report. The 11 members of the court will start a discussion on the substance of the case on the date to be determined today. In case of the absence of one of the members, the most senior of the four auxiliary members will join the meeting. A qualified majority, which requires votes of at least seven members of the court, is needed for a verdict favoring closure.