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DSP's MPs officially quit Turkey's main opposition party
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11:00, August 04, 2007

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Thirteen parliament members from the center-left Democratic Left Party (DSP), which struck an electoral alliance with the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) in the parliamentary elections, officially left the CHP and rejoined their party on Friday.

They will take the oath as DSP's parliament members in the new parliament's first session to be held on Saturday, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

The DSP allied with the CHP in the 23rd parliamentary elections held on July 22, hoping that the combination would help it come into power and at least garner enough seats to become a coalition partner.

However, the CHP, which boycotted the presidential election process in May, suffered a major defeat in the elections, even though it gained over 20 percent of votes and became the second largest party in the country.

The CHP got only 112 seats, 13 of which belongs to the DSP, down from the 177 seats it won in 2002 elections.

According to the final result announced on Monday, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 341 seats in the 550-member parliament, followed by the CHP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Accordingly, the CHP won 112 seats while the MHP clinched 70 seats in the new parliament. Other parties did not gain enough support to clear the 10-percent hurdle to enter the parliament, said the results.

Source: Xinhua

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