MHP’s Bahçeli calls emergency party meeting

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Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Leader Devlet Bahceli reacts as he attends debate on proposed amendments for the country's constitution that would expand the powers of Turkey's President at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, on January 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adem ALTAN

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Saturday called an emergency party meeting as Turkey gets ready to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that will greatly expand the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Bahçeli will meet with MHP deputies in Konya Feb.10-12 to evaluate the referendum process.

Bahçeli is under fire from some MHP deputies and voters over his support for the constitutional amendments, which have raised concerns about a one-man regime in Turkey.

MHP deputy chairman and İstanbul deputy Atilla Kaya resigned as deputy chairman on Jan. 4 due to a difference of opinion with the party over the switch to a presidential system in Turkey.

Burhan Kuzu, an advisor to President Erdoğan and a Justice and Development Party (AKP) İstanbul deputy, said on Dec. 28 that the MHP will always have a voice in state governance since it has supported the ruling AKP on the draft constitution.

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