World Bulletin / News Desk
Voice of the People Party (HAS Party) leader Numan Kurtulmuş has joined the ranks of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) through a merger of the two parties and a former leader of the Democrat Party (DP), Süleyman Soylu, is expected to do the same, a top government official said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK) meeting of the AK Party, AK Party spokesperson and Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik said Kurtulmuş was discussed at the meeting and it was agreed his participation in the party would be welcomed.
Çelik also noted it is very likely Soylu, too, will join the AK Party in the coming days.
“There is consensus among MKYK members to this effect. Everyone has more or less the same positive view on the matter,” he said.
Last month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered to merge his AK Party with the HAS Party, led by Kurtulmuş.
Kurtulmuş founded the HAS Party in late 2010 after resigning from the Felicity Party (SP) due to a long-standing intraparty rift. Erdoğan's AK Party appeals to the same constituent base as the HAS Party as it emerged from the predecessor of the SP, the Virtue Party (FP).Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2012, 17:21