Support for MHP, Erdoğan’s ally, decreased to 4 percent, opposition leader says

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Turkey's Iyi ("Good") Party chairman Meral Aksener / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

A nationalist opposition party leader has said public support in Turkey for the ruling party’s ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has decreased to some 4 percent as its supporters were moving toward ex-minister Ali Babacan’s new political party expected to be established by yearend.

İYİ (Good) Party Chair Meral Akşener, a former MHP deputy, added that supporters of her party in Turkey’s Southeast were considering voting for ex-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s new party, which will be established in late November.

Akşener claimed support for the İYİ Party was above 10 percent according to recent polls conducted privately for party management.

The İYİ Party had formed an alliance with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2018 and March’s local elections.

Akşener, along with a number of deputies, had left the MHP after it forged an alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party.

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