Ankara Shuffles With New Cabinet Expectations #AKPIntraWar
Erdogan and his ally Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, MHP are said to be negotiating over a cabinet change wherein several of the ministries may be held by MHP.
Following this cabinet reshuffle, snap elections are expected without lowering the 10% threshold. Negotiations on mutually agreeable pre-election cooperation between AK Party and MHP are also underway but even senior AK Party officials are held in the dark by President Erdogan.
More rumours are that former president Abdullah Gul, Kadir Topbas who under pressure from the palace had recently resigned from his Mayor of Istanbul position, former minister of state Ali Babacan whose name was mentioned by Reza Zarrab in connection with the Iran gold trade case in New York, and former minister of state Besir Atalay are said to be meeting in a private office in Istanbul.
There are some who claim that the Presidential Palace is leaking these kinds of rumours in order to unsettle or call those out who may pose competition running towards elections, normally in November of 2019. One of reasons why snap elections are considered likely according to some analysts is the very likelihood of more new political movements forming in opposition to AK Party and President Erdogan. Former president Gul had established AK Party together with Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in 2001, separating quite a number of members from Necmetttin Erbakan lead Virtue Party. Both Gul and Erdogan were prodigies of Erbakan, founder of the first political Islamist party, MSP.