Turkish opposition party leader says alliance with ruling party terminated

Türkiye Materials 23 October 2018 15:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, has announced the termination of the alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during the municipal elections to be held in March 2019, the Turkish media reported Oct. 23.

Bahceli noted that the MHP does not need an alliance with the party, which looks down upon their offer of amnesty for the prisoners.

“During the municipal election to be held in 2019, the MHP will independently participate in the election,” Bahceli said.

Earlier, the MHP made a proposal for an amnesty, which the ruling AKP party did not appreciate.

On April 17 of this year, Bahceli took the initiative to hold early parliamentary and presidential election in Turkey. Bahceli offered to hold early election on August 26 of this year. The next day, President Erdogan, following a meeting with Bahceli, said that early parliamentary election is necessary for Turkey, and it will be held on June 24, 2018.

This statement by Erdogan was a surprise for political parties in Turkey.

Erdogan also said that the early election in Turkey is a cautionary step directed against the forces that intend to destabilize the country.

In turn, on April 20, the Turkish parliament approved a new date for the early election. Some 386 deputies out of 537 voted in favor of holding early parliamentary and presidential election, the date of election was scheduled for June 24, 2018.

According to the report of the Central Election Commission of Turkey (YSK), Erdogan gained 52.59 percent of the votes in the presidential election, Muharrem Ince from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) gained 30.64 percent of the votes, Meral Aksener from the Good Party (Iyi Parti) - 7.29 percent, Selahattin Demirtas from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) – 8.4 percent, Temel Karamollaoglu from the Felicity Party (Saadet Partisi) - 0.89 percent and Dogu Perincek from the Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi) - 0.2 percent.


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