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Will Turkey’s top court disband pro-Kurdish party ahead of May elections?

The HDP, which might be one step closer to closure with this move, is competing in the crucial polls next month under the list of the Green Left Party. 
Co-leader of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) Mithat Sancar.

Turkey’s highest court referred Tuesday the closure case of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to its rapporteur, taking a further step toward the process of a potential disbandment of Turkey’s second-largest opposition party ahead of crucial elections in May. 

The move comes after the HDP announced last week that it will not make a verbal defense before the Constitutional Court (AYM), which has rejected the party’s request to delay the proceedings until after the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for May 14. The Grand Chamber of the Constitutional Court, which reviewed the party’s petition Tuesday, inscrolled that the party had waived its right to oral defense and handed over the file to the court’s rapporteur to prepare the report. Once the report is ready, Constitutional Court president Zuhtu Arslan will set a date for the series of meetings to reach a verdict. 

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