Turkey’s MHP Expels Dissident Meral Akşener From Party

kkkThe Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) expelled dissident member and former leadership candidate Meral Akşener from the party on Sept. 8.

The party had referred Akşener and an emergency convention delegation to the disciplinary board last month, demanding their expulsion on the grounds that they violated Article 11 of the party code outlining party membership, the party’s mission and responsibilities.

Ayhan Erel, Ali Sağır and Mehmet Bilgiç were members of the delegation that organized an emergency convention, which had aimed to challenge the leadership of long-standing MHP head Devlet Bahçeli.

Erel was detained on July 28 and released the next day as part of the ongoing investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), believed to be behind the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Amid numerous court rulings and counter court rulings, Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK), ruled out a planned snap MHP congress that dissidents, including Akşener, had arranged. The decision came amid a growing rift within the party, as dissidents bid to unseat Bahçeli.

The decision on the expulsion of Erel, Sağır and Bilgiç will be made after certain missing documents are provided, the MHP added in a statement.

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