Article on political party closures fails to pass parliament

One of the most controversial articles of the AKP’s Constitutional amendments package failed to gain the necessary 330 parliamentary votes in its second reading on May 3. The article mandated that any political party closure case be approved by parliament before going to the Supreme Court of Appeals. Currently, the Chief Prosecutor of the Court needs no permission to bring forward such cases. The vote count revealed that the Kurdish BDP dropped its support and 12 AKP deputies did not approve the article. The AKP is prevented by law from reintroducing the same article for one year but will move forward with the remainder of the articles.  

The failure of the article to pass in second reading is surprising. It passed the first round of voting last week by a comfortable margin. The voting on the two other controversial articles of reshaping the Constitutional Court and the Higher Education Board is now expected to be much closer than previously anticipated. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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