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Erdoğan eyes expansive national alliance before key polls in Turkey

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Amid sound and fury over Turkey’s cross border “Operation Olive Branch” into the Afrin district of Syria, silent works on necessary amendments on the Election Law and Political Parties’ Law have almost been accomplished. A team made up of three lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will soon report back to the leaders of their parties, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Devlet Bahçeli, for the finalization of drafted changes.

Erdoğan and Bahçeli are expected to come together either late this week or next week to stamp the changes before they get sent to parliament. All this legislative work is planned to be concluded by the end of March.

As it has been reported earlier, the AKP-MHP rejected to reduce the current 10-percent national electoral threshold and accordingly developed a formula that would serve their needs the best. They have not included a more reasonable election threshold to their ongoing legislative work, although both of them had declared earlier that the 10-percent barrier was too high and needs to be........

© Hürriyet Daily News