Rumors hint that Ms. Akşener might lead a centrist right wing political partyIt looks like the “51.4% result” on the YES battlefront has caused distancing AKP from MHP. AKP supporters claimed that the expected contribution into “YES” campaign from MHP was underperformed. On the other hand, MHP pointed that AKP would not be able to achieve such a result all by itself, noting “the proposed changes in constitution was voted in as Mr. Devlet Bahceli called for it.” An MHP MP pointed out that even AKP rallied in election battlegrounds, asking “YES” vote from the supporters by emphasizing that these changes are supported by Mr. Devlet Bahceli.
Although it is not clear how long more these discussions will continue between two parties, MHP side sees the election results as success. After a month long recess, MHP party group meeting will take place in the parliament tomorrow.
Is Ms. Akşener setting up a new political party or going to lead an existing one?
In addition, what kind of move the internal opposition, which came out quite victorious with “NO” campaign, is going to take next is another big question on MHP side. One of the rumors hinted that the former candidate for MHP presidency, Ms. Meral Akşener, is going to either establish a new party or move to a centrist right wing party as chairwoman.
Resignations from MHP
One of leading names, a former Grey Wolves (a youth organization closely linked to MHP) director and a former chair at MHP’s Izmir chapter, Müsavat Dervişoğlu resigned from MHP earlier. His resignation brought out such claims whether the disgruntled members of MHP will form a new political party.
Following Mr. Dervişoğlu, former chairs, Mr. Mehmet Tolga Akalın from Edirne chapter, Mr. Rıdvan Uz, from Çanakkale chapter, and Mr. Ömer Süslü from Samsun announced their resignations from the party.