MP Hatipoğlu joins ruling AKP after resigning from opposition İYİ

Turkish deputy Nebi Hatipoğlu joined the ruling AKP five days after he resigned from the opposition İYİ Party. On the other hand, Hatipoğlu’s “I wouldn’t switch to the AKP, I do politics as service, not as business” remarks during the pre-election period in 2023 have resurfaced.

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Eskişehir deputy Nebi Hatipoğlu on Nov. 7 joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed Hatipoğlu to the party at the AKP headquarters during a Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) meeting.

“I will continue to have the policy putting Eskişehir as my first agenda and I am determined to solve the problems of our city that have been chronic for many years, one by one,” he said in a social media post.

Hatipoğlu on Nov. 2 announced his resignation from the opposition right-wing İYİ (Good) Party over “differences.”

He previously suggested the İYİ Party to form an alliance with the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the 2024 local elections, arguing the alliance with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) brought harm to the party.

On the other hand, Hatipoğlu’s pre-election remarks regarding party switching have resurfaced.

During the pre-election period in 2023, the deputy told an Eskişehir TV channel that “I wouldn’t switch to the AKP, I do politics as service, not as business.”