Turkish nationalists go against party, reject constitutional reform

(From left to right) Sinan Ogan, Meral Aksener, Umit Ozdag and Koray Aydin made their plans to launch a no-campaign public on Monday.

Dissenting lawmakers within Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have launched a committee to represent the “no-side” in the upcoming constitutional referendum.

A committee calling themselves “Turkish nationalists say no,” was formed by MHP deputies Meral Aksener, Sinan Ogan, Koray Aydin and Umit Ozdag, who are going against the party line and leader Devlet Bahceli.

In a statement on Monday the group announced their campaign would be officially launched on 18 February.

The People’s Republican Party (CHP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have already declared they will oppose the proposed constitutional changes propelled by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and supported by the MHP leadership.

A recent poll by the Gezici Research and Polling Company puts the no-side ahead.

The constitutional referendum is expected to be held on 2 or 9 April.