Turkey’s Islamist opposition party chair visits ruling party rebel Babacan

Temel Karamollaoğlu, the leader of Islamist Felicity Party, had a meeting with Ali Babacan, the former deputy prime minister who resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to head a new political initiative that will rival the AKP, Turkish newspaper Milli Gazete reported.

Sadullah Ergin, former Minister of Justice, who Turkish press reports say will join Babacan’s breakaway party, was also present during the meeting.

Karamollaoğlu began a series of visits to Turkey’s political leaders last month to discuss the future of the country. 

The politician has so far held meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Meral Akşener, the chair of the opposition nationalist Good Party.

Karamollaoğlu also plans to meet former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who heads another initiative for a new political party, Milli Gazete said.