Turkish nationalist opposition group calls proposal for presidential constitution ‘invalid’

Published May 10th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right, and Nationalist Movement Party, MHP, leader Devlet Bahceli during a meeting in Ankara, July 14, 2015. (AFP/Adem Altan)
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right, and Nationalist Movement Party, MHP, leader Devlet Bahceli during a meeting in Ankara, July 14, 2015. (AFP/Adem Altan)

The leader of Turkey's National Movement Party (MHP) on Tuesday said efforts by President Erdogan's AK Party to introduce a new constitution based on an executive presidency were "invalid," ruling out possibilities that he might back a change to Turkey's political system, AFP reported.

Devlet Bahceli, chairman of the ultra-nationalist group said in an address to parliament that creating a political environment for snap elections following Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's resignation would amount to "treason."

The MHP has seen its share of support fall by more than 25 percent between the June and November elections last year, and so far Bahceli has blocked efforts to challenge his leadership. Opinion polls suggest the MHP could double its vote with a change in leadership.


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