6 MHP deputies refuse to sign on to Erdoğan’s candidacy

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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) shakes hands with Leader of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli (L) as they pose for a photo in Ankara, Turkey on February 18, 2018. Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency KAYHAN

Six deputies from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have refused to lend their signatures in support of the presidential candidacy of incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to the Yeniçağ daily.

Turkey will hold snap general and presidential elections on June 24, nearly one and half years earlier than scheduled.

The MHP formed an election alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and decided to support Erdoğan’s candidacy. The party has not fielded its own candidate, a move that has led to criticism and disappointment among some MHP supporters and deputies.

Yeniçağ said out of the 35 MHP deputies in Parliament, 29 signed on to Erdoğan’s candidacy while six of them refused to do so.

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