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Erdoğan eyes first-round re-election through MHP alliance

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 9 welcomed a call from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli for an alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti), inviting him to talk about the matter in a meeting on Jan. 10.

Addressing the AK Parti group in parliament, Erdoğan said his supporters should be ready for the local, presidential and parliamentary elections due to take place in 2019 and thanked Bahçeli for all the support so far. Following the invitation, Bahçeli said their cooperation could go beyond the 2019 elections, depending on the meeting today.

Bahçeli had played a key role through his support for Erdoğan in the parliamentary voting to take constitutional changes to a referendum in April 2017, which gave all executive power to the presidency and reduced the checks and balances capacities of parliament and the justice system.

Bahçeli’s support for Erdoğan exacerbated a split in the MHP, with party........

© Hürriyet Daily News