Turkish ruling threatens political storm

A Turkish electoral fraud case is threatening to spark a political storm and force new elections.

    Scores of deputies stand to lose their seats in parliament

    Turkey's appeals court on Monday confirmed jail sentences given to four former leaders of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) on charges of electoral fraud.

    The court said the four tampered with documents relating to the party's overall national representation so they could stand in the 3 November elections. The defendants were sentenced  by a lower court in June to 23 months in prison.

    As a result, the almost two million votes DEHAP won may now be cancelled, which observers say would cause a big reshuffle of parliamentary seats.

    Outcomes

    Both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) could lose seats, according to electoral rules.

    "Three things could happen now," said Yusuf Kanli, managing editor of the Turkish Daily News. "A higher court may not accept the verdict, and there will be no change.

    "Or the DEHAP may lose its deputies, with the AKP and the Republicans also losing many seats and the True Path Party gaining up to 67 seats," he told Aljazeera.net. "Or there will be new elections."

    Kanli said new elections would probably see the AKP retain power but the True Path Party would have most to gain and would probably bolster its position as a major opposition force.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.