Akşener to include former MHP figures in her new party

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Meral Aksener, candidate for the leadership of the Turkish opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 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. On April 16, 2017, the Turkish public will vote on whether to change the current parliamentary system into an executive presidency that would boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Meral Akşener, a former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy and leadership candidate, has included former MHP deputies Ümit Özdağ and Koray Aydın in a new political party she is establishing, the Birgün daily reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Akşener has also reached an agreement with Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) Chairman Metin Feyzioğlu, who ran a “no” campaign together with dismissed Kayseri deputy Yusuf Halaçoğlu against a switch from a parliamentary system of governance to an executive presidency, which was passed in a referendum in April.

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

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