Turkey's AK Party support rises to 51 pct: Poll

According to the Metropoll, Turkey's two main opposition parties would not cross Turkey's 10 percent parliamentary threshold.

Turkey's AK Party support rises to 51 pct: Poll
Support for Turkey's ruling AK Party has risen to more than 50 percent, a month after it escaped being closed for alleged anti-secular activities, a poll showed on Thursday.

The survey, conducted by Metropoll, showed the party would win 50.9 percent of votes if parliamentary elections were held today, compared with a figure of 41.9 percent in a poll published by the same agency in August.

The AK Party narrowly averted being closed down by the Constitutional Court for Islamist activities and was instead fined on July 30 for undermining the country's secular principles.

The AK Party, which had denied the charges and said the court case was politically motivated, won 47 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in July 2007.

The poll, published by conservative newspaper Zaman, surveyed 1,251 people Aug. 29-31. Recent opinion polls have given sharply different figures for the popularity of Turkey's leading parties.

According to the Metropoll, Turkey's two main opposition parties would not cross Turkey's 10 percent parliamentary threshold.

Support for the Republican People's Party (CHP) fell to 9.5 percent, compared to 13.9 percent in the last survey; the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) saw its support fall to an estimated 6.6 percent, compared to 7.6 percent.

The AK Party, which embraces nationalists, market liberals as well as religious conservatives, swept to power in 2002, forming Turkey's first single-party government in decades.


The country holds municipal elections in 2009.

Reuters
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