The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has slammed calls for early elections, with its leader Devlet Bahçeli saying that the opposition is trying to lead Turkey into uncertainties.
“Our opinion is clear. The elections should be held on time, meaning in June 2023,” Bahçeli said on Nov. 22.
Earlier in the day, MHP Secretary-General İsmet Büyükataman criticized the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), İYİ (Good) Party and the Felicity (Saadet) Party over “trying to create a virtual agenda in Turkey” via calling for early elections.
“The love for ballot boxes of those who can’t stomach the results of elections will continue until they are elected, which doesn’t seem possible. For this reason, they would ask for another elections next Sunday if one were to be held this Sunday. That’s how far they are from democracy,” Büyükataman said in a written statement, while branding the opposition’s move as “building up a front.”
“It’s well-known that they don’t serve the Turkish people with this front,” he said.
Büyükataman’s remarks were made in response to HDP’s call for early elections and CHP’s support for it.
The MHP is an ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).