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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party HDP faces threat of closure after top court ruling

The decision, which comes less than four months before the country’s fateful elections, raises the prospect of the pro-Kurdish party's running on other parties' tickets or as independent candidates.
Co-leader of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) Mithat Sancar (C).

Turkey’s highest court turned down on Thursday the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) request to postpone until the crucial elections in May court proceedings of a case seeking its disbandment, in a move further complicating the country’s tangled electoral outlook.

The request to reschedule the court proceedings until after the presidential and parliamentary elections expected to be held on May 14 was unanimously rejected by the Constitutional Court, the state broadcaster TRT reported.

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