An MP from the ranks of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has resigned following the launch of disciplinary action against him for his critical statements on the state of the Turkish economy.
Baki Ersoy, an MHP deputy from the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, announced on Twitter that he had resigned from his party over the weekend.
“I will continue to remain faithful and committed to my cause and to my leader, Mr. Devlet Bahçeli. I am resigning from my party to prevent my cause and my party from being exploited due to the public debate over the disciplinary measures against me,” he said.
The MHP is part of the People’s Alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and has already announced that it will support President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential candidacy in the upcoming elections. Bahçeli often expresses his support for the AKP government and its economic policies.
Disciplinary action was launched against Ersoy after he pointed out that the actual inflation rate was much higher than officially announced figures. “Price hikes ruin people. It is real and we cannot ignore it. We have to talk about these things,” he said in a television interview.
The MHP now has 47 seats in parliament.