EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official website] said Saturday that in a typical European democracy the political issue raised by the case would normally be debated in parliament and decided by a ballot, and that a decision to ban the Islamic-oriented party could create an obstacle in Turkey's bid to become a member of the EU. The Constitutional Court has banned several Islamist parties in the past for violating constitutional obligations to respect Turkey's strict secular principles. AP has more. Hurriyet has local coverage.
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