Oct 09 2018

Escalating tension between Turkey's nationalist leaders in parliament

The members of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Good (İYİ) Party were allowed to enter to the Parliament separately today, to avoid further tension after the two nationalist parties’ leaders engaged in a bitter dispute last week, Turkish news outlet Duvar reported on Tuesday.  

The group meetings of the two parties at the parliament overlap on Tuesday mornings, thus, special security measures have been taken to prevent the meeting of the members of the opposing sides, Turkish newspaper Sözcü said. 

Headed by a former minister Meral Aksener, Good Party, founded on 25 October 2017, was formed by a group of former MHP members expelled from the party over disagreements with Devlet Bahçeli, the current head of the MHP and the ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Last week, ultranationalist MHP supporters protested Akşener in front of her house, after Bahçeli harshly harshly criticised and warned Akşener for questioning his alliance with Erdoğan 

In the Good Party group meeting on Wednesday, Akşener said Bahçeli was a disgrace for Turkish politics for unconditional support for Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). 

"You (Bahçeli) attended to throw the flag of nationalism in front of the (Erdoğan's) palace doors, but we prevented. Nationalism does not seep into palace gardens," Akşener said.

Addressing Akşener's speech, Bahçeli said they would not hesitate to act against those who have been criticising the MHP, adding that he is returning all insults Akşener made to his Party.

Bahçeli also accused Akşener to trap his party’s supporter that went to protest her in front of her house in Istanbul last week, Cumhuriyet reported. He said that though Akşener had said that there had been only one people with her in the house that night, there had been a third person who had recorded the event. “Who were meeting in that house and for what reason,”Bahçeli said.