ANKARA, March 14 Turkey's parliament will
reconvene for an extraordinary session on March 19, its speaker
said on Friday, after the main opposition party demanded the
recall to hear corruption allegations against four former
The recall to debate the graft scandal will be unwelcome
news for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he campaigns for local
elections. He has cast the scandal as a plot to smear him and
his government by U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a
former ally with influence in Turkey's police and judiciary.
Speaker Cemil Cicek, a senior member of Erdogan's ruling AK
Party, told reporters the assembly would reconvene at 1300 GMT
next Wednesday, in line with parliamentary rules. It is now in
recess to allow campaigning for the local elections on March 30.
(Reporting by Seda Sezer, writing by Gareth Jones; Editing by