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Why is the Turkish opposition demanding early elections?

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Speaking on a television programme two weeks ago, the head of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, urged the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, to demand early elections: “The salvation of this country lies in an early election as soon as possible. I tell this to who? I’m telling Mr. Bahceli. If you love this country, say tomorrow morning ‘Enough is enough,’ and run Turkey for snap elections.”

The MHP is the partner of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the People’s Alliance, with 340 of the 600 seats in parliament. If the 48 MHP members withdraw from the alliance it will lose its parliamentary majority. In other words, the MHP plays an important role in maintaining political stability in the country.

Bahceli forced a previous coalition government, headed by Bulent Ecevit, to make the decision to hold early elections on 2 November, 2002. The MHP was at that time one of the three parties in the government. Perhaps this is what encouraged Kilicdaroglu to demand that Bahceli repeat what he did 18 years ago. This time, though, Bahceli is insisting that elections be held at their regular time and has rejected the CHP leader’s appeal.

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The AK Party is the major partner in the People’s Alliance and has also refused to bring the election date forward. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that Turkey will not hold early elections, describing........

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