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AK Party voters overwhelmingly support election alliance, survey finds

AK PARTY VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT ELECTION ALLIANCE, SURVEY FINDS
President Recep Tayyp Erdoğan (R) shakes hands with MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli. (AA Photo)

Ninety-five percent of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) voters support the People's Alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a recent survey has found.

According to a survey conducted by the A&G research company in Istanbul, 95 percent of AK Party voters surveyed expressed support for the recently-established People's Alliance with the MHP for the 2019 general and presidential elections. A&G Research Company Adil Gür said that 86 percent of surveyed MHP voters support the alliance with the AK Party.

Speaking on the A Haber news channel late Wednesday, Gür said that 50.7 percent of survey respondents find it appropriate that alliances are being formed for the upcoming elections. Gür said that 48.7 percent said that they would definitely vote for the People's Alliance and 16.2 percent said that they might vote for it.

However, 35.1 percent of the interviewees said that they would definitely not vote for the AK Party-MHP alliance.

Electoral alliances were brought to the agenda after MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli said previously that his party would not nominate anyone for the 2019 presidential election and would support President Recep Tayyp Erdoğan's re-election. The two parties then knuckled down to work to change the laws to make election alliances legal.

The AK Party and MHP's joint work has recently resulted in a 26-article bill, which was submitted to Parliament two weeks ago.

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