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Turkey's CHP to split with electoral partner after elections
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07:51, July 26, 2007

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Turkey's center-left Democratic Left Party (DSP) said on Wednesday that its members will soon split from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) with which it struck an electoral alliance in the parliamentary general elections.

"This is not a surprise. Both parties consented to this at the beginning of the electoral coalition," the DSP Chairman Zeki Sezer was quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency as saying.

The CHP allied with the small DSP during the elections, hoping that the combination would help it come into power and at least garner enough seats to become a coalition partner.

Meanwhile, the DSP expected the alliance would assist it to enter the government.

During Sunday's elections, the CHP, which boycotted the presidential election process in May, gained 20.9 percent of the votes, clearing the 10 percent hurdle to enter parliament, and got 112 seats, 13 of which belongs to the DSP.

Meanwhile, independent candidates are expected to join the Democratic Society Party (DTP) following the oath taking ceremony to be held in parliament in August.

The candidates were from the DTP and ran in the election as independents to evade a 10-percent vote threshold required to enter the parliament.

DTP's extraordinary congress is expected to convene in one month following this procedure and re-elect Ahmet Turk the chairman.

Turkish sources told Xinhua that the DTP supports the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has increased attacks on Turkish troops in southeastern Turkey in recent months that led to Turkey's mounting intention of an incursion into northern Iraq to crush the PKK.

The PKK launched an armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking decades of strife that has claimed more than 30,000 lives.

Three parties out of the 14 parties participated the elections passed the 10 percent threshold to enter the parliament with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) gaining 46.5 percent of votes, the CHP collecting 20.9 percent and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 14.3 percent.

Seats that have been allocated to the parties are: AKP, 340; CHP, 112; MHP 71; independent candidates, 27.

Source: Xinhua



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