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Turkish police block meeting of dissidents

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 01:02

Turkish police prevent dissident members of Turkey's nationalist opposition party from holding a congress in Ankara that could jeopardize President Tayyip Erdogan's plans for more power. Diane Hodges reports.

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(NAT OF CHANTING) Around five-thousand members of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party, or M-H-P, stand in the street outside an Ankara hotel, after police seal off the building. They were scheduled to hold a special party congress that could have unseated their party leader Devlet Bahcel (dehv-LEHT BAH-jeh-lee). They fear Bahceli will support changes to the country's constitution that would give Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan more power. One of those hoping to replace Bahceli as the head of the M-H-P is Meral Aksener. (her nats) Speaking on a makeshift stage outside, she accused Erdogan's A-K Party of "unlawful and anti-democratic behavior" to block the congress. The AK Party needs the MHP's support to change the constitution to give Erdogan more powers. But A-K Party officials deny any link between the M-H-P's leadership battle and their party's efforts to win support on constitutional change.

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Turkish police block meeting of dissidents

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 01:02