Former MHP deputy Akşener starting new political party

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Meral Akşener (C) candidate for the leadership of the Turkish opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) shows her hand bearing a Turkish flag as she attends a "NO" campaign meeting on March 28, 2017, in Istanbul, three weeks ahead of the referendum on whether to change the current parliamentary system into an executive presidency. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Meral Akşener, former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy and leadership candidate, has said that after consulting several thousand people she had decided to establish a new political party, the t24 news website reported on Sunday.

“The conclusion of one-on-one consultations with 2,000 people whose ideas I care deeply about is that I should start a new party,” said Akşener at a dinner hosted by the Yeniçağ daily.

Akşener was expelled from the MHP in September 2016 by unanimous vote.

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