Jun 27 2018

AKP's far-right ally says will be calling shots in Parliament

The vice chair of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which scored a majority in Parliament with Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Sunday’s elections, said MHP holds a key position in Parliament and is set to steer Turkish politics, independent news site T24 reported.

Leading AKP’s coalition ally MHP, which endorsed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as president, exceeded expectations in Sunday’s polls by gaining 11 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections and winning 49 seats. The party won 41 seats in the 2015 parliamentary election.

Sefer Aycan on Tuesday said that MHP would be steering politics in Parliament from now on. ‘’What we say will go,’’ Aycan said, adding, ‘’The leader of the MHP saved Erdogan and the AKP,’’ in an apparent reference to the alliance formed between the parties and their support of Erdogan as president.

Aycan stressed that the MHP was the most successful party in Sunday’s polls, noting that all MHP members followed the orders of the MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli and voted for Erdoğan’s as president of Turkey.

‘’There may be 600 deputies [in Parliament] but from now on all eyes will be on 49 MPs and our leader,’’ Aycan said.

Aycan was removed from duty by MHP leader Bahçeli on Wednesday, the day after he made these statements.