World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested the merging of the Voice of the People Party (HAS Party) with his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), HAS Party leader Numan Kurtulmuş said on Thursday.
Erdoğan and Kurtulmuş met at Erdoğan's office on Thursday amidst claims that Kurtulmuş was planning to join the AK Party. “We received an invitation from Mr. Prime Minister for a merger,” Kurtulmuş said while speaking to reporters after the meeting. He added that his party will discuss Erdoğan's offer.
Kurtulmuş founded the HAS Party in late 2010 after resigning from the Felicity Party (SP) following a long-standing, intra-party rift. Erdoğan's AK Party appeals to the same constituent base as the HAS Party as it also emerged from the predecessor of the SP, the Virtue Party (FP).
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