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Bahçeli says extraordinary congress to take place on July 10

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The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli, said on Wednesday that his party’s extraordinary congress would take place on July 10 in Ankara and he would run for the leadership again.

MHP leader announced the date for the congress a day after the Supreme Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited ruling, upholding a lower court’s decision that MHP can hold an extraordinary congress that is likely to replace the party leadership.

The 18th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals approved the ruling by Ankara 12th Court of Peace, which found the attempt by the MHP opponents to hold a congress in line with law. 

The congress was previously scheduled for May 15 while the top court’s decision was pending. Thousands of MHP supporters gathered at a congress center in Ankara for the planned congress, as well as the candidates for MHP leadership. The crowd had to disperse later in the day. 

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