May 24, 2016 / 2:51 PM / a year ago

Turkey's nationalist MHP says congress to elect new leader will go ahead

ANKARA (Reuters) - The deputy chairman of Turkey's nationalist opposition said on Tuesday the party respected a top court decision allowing a special congress aimed at resolving a leadership dispute to go ahead and proposed late June or early July for the meeting.

Several hundred members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have launched a bid to challenge veteran leader Devlet Bahceli. Polls suggest his removal could lead to a surge in support for the MHP, weakening Erdogan's chances of securing the stronger ruling party majority he wants to push ahead with a constitutional change for a full presidential system.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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