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Turkey now has a formal nationalist alliance

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Two major developments were witnessed in the second week of 2018 in Turkish politics.

The first one was an open call from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for a long-term alliance before and after the 2019 presidential elections. The second was the government’s announcement of its intention to extend emergency rule for a sixth time since July 2016, stirring concerns that it will not be lifted any time soon.

MHP head Devlet Bahçeli, who has made a number of unexpected political moves throughout his career, delivered some crucial messages in the lengthy press conference that I attended on Jan. 8.

First, he made it clear that the MHP would not present a candidate for the presidential elections in 2019 and would instead back the nomination of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the head of the ruling Justice and Development Party........

© Hürriyet Daily News