Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Turkish elections: Nationalist officials defect and join Kurdish party

From yesterday's Hurriyet, it seems that the nationalist MHP party's current woes are leading its members to find sanctuary in unlikely places:

"The MHP’s local leader in the Başkale district of the eastern province of Van, Ömer Bozkurt, and all 16 members of the local executive board submitted their resignations to the District Election Board on Monday. The group later visited the election office of Kemal Aktaş, an independent candidate supported by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP."

Hurriyet points out that the surname of the defector to the pro-Kurdish group means Grey Wolf, which is a neat irony.

A changing of the electoral landscape in the south-east, or a sign of the MHP's disintegration?

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