Right-wing Turkey party in bid to oust longtime leader


ANKARA: Members of Turkey’s right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) plan an extraordinary congress on Sunday at which they will begin moves to try unseat longtime party leader Devlet Bahceli and recover ground lost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party. Dissident members of the MHP launched a campaign to oust Bahceli, 68, following a general election in November in which the party shed half its support — taking just 40 seats in the 550-member parliament compared to 80 five months previously. Bahceli, who has led the party for 19 years, said in January that the next party congress would take place in 2018, meaning he would be in charge until then.


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