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President Erdoğan’s main political ally in serious trouble

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If President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could nearly secure the approval of the constitutional amendments, which adopted an executive presidential system with excessive powers through the controversial referendum in mid-April, it was because of the support and unprecedented alliance of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The MHP had long been categorically against the AKP’s attempts to change the governance system as Chairman Devlet Bahçeli had accused Erdoğan of trying to impose a one-man regime in Turkey in a bid to save himself and his family from corruption probes. Bahçeli’s strong-worded accusations and criticisms against Erdoğan can still be found in the archives.

However, this very sharp stance by Bahçeli has dramatically changed, after the July 15 coup attempt staged by the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) members.

Only three months after the coup attempt, Bahçeli announced that his........

© Hürriyet Daily News