Jul 23 2018

Right-wing opposition Good Party to hold extradordinary congress in August

Turkey’s right-wing Good Party has announced it will convene for an extraordinary congress in August following the decision by leader Meral Akşener to not run for re-election, secular daily Cumhuriyet reported.

Akşener, who made the announcement that she would be stepping down as the leader of Good Party on Twitter on Sunday, is reported to have been the subject of severe criticisms inside the Good Party following Turkey’s June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Founded in late 2017 by former members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who resigned from the MHP as a reaction to MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli’s alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Good Party  received 10 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections, while Akşener as the presidential candidate garnered 7.3 percent of the votes at the polls.

Meanwhile, the party’s deputy Chair İsmail Koncuk said that they party would only have one candidate as leader - Meral Akşener. ‘’There is no resignation,’’ Koncuk said ahead of the Good Party’s congress which will take place within one month.   

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