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Is Turkey’s opposition ready for snap elections?

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18.04.2018

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli is well-known as the “kingmaker” of Turkish politics. It was Bahçeli who called for early elections back in 2002, paving the way for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to come to office.

In the aftermath of June 2015 parliamentary election, in which the AKP failed to garner a sufficient majority to form a government, it was again Bahçeli who rejected calls from other opposition parties to set up a coalition government, calling for early polls instead. That ultimately worked to the advantage of the AKP, which increased its votes by around 9 percentage points in just five months, securing a solid majority at parliament.

Bahçeli’s intervention into politics became much more visible after the July 2016 coup attempt. On Oct. 11, 2016 he openly announced his party’s support for the AKP’s ambitions to change the administrative system from a parliamentary to an executive-presidency model. His 40-seat MHP group endorsed the constitutional amendments at parliament in late 2016 and the AKP-MHP duo was able to narrowly win the referendum on April 16, 2017.

In early 2018, Bahçeli once again took the stage by declaring that the MHP will not present a candidate for the presidential race and instead will back........

© Hürriyet Daily News