By the middle of July there will be two new parties, both vying for the support of Turkeys religious vote....
Aiming to get in first are the traditionalists, currently headed by the FPs former leader, Recai Kutan. It has been reported that the more conservative members of Fazilet, which was ordered closed by the Constitutional Court on 22 June for being the focus of anti-secular activities, will apply to the Interior Ministry on 10 July to register their new party.
Work on establishing the as yet unnamed party is said to be almost complete, with between 125 and 130 people listed as its board of foundation.
Though not apparently planning to register their new party until 15 July, the reformist movement from the old FP, which has said it will espouse a broader-based, more moderate policy platform without an emphasis on religion, has also been working apace to lay its own foundations.
It has been making headlines with defections from other parties this week, with former Interior Minister Meral Akşener of the opposition True Path Party (DYP) and Sadık Yakut of the governments Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) resigning and declaring their intention to join the new party. Other deputies from established parties have also indicated that they intend to attach themselves to the reformists.
One stumbling block the reformists have is that their leading light, former Istanbul mayor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is currently banned from engaging in political activity by a court ruling. Moves to try and have this ban lifted are reportedly to begin next week.