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Head of the People’s Voice Party (HSP) Numan Kurtulmuş.

Head of the People’s Voice Party (HSP) Numan Kurtulmuş.

Head of the People’s Voice Party (HSP) Numan Kurtulmuş, who intends to accept Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s proposal for merging the HSP with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has expressed hope that the ongoing negotiation process within his party will not take long.

Kurtulmuş stressed that current talks about the merger within the HSP do not represent a decision stage, but rather a stage where he met with the party’s provincial heads in groups of 20 to listen to their perspectives on the offer.

His remarks came late Sunday in Ankara following a meeting of HSP provincial chamber chairs. Earlier Sunday evening, in a joint statement read out by Bursa Provincial Chair Ali Molla Salih in a separate venue, the chairs lent support to “all decisions to be made by the general chair.”

“In the same manner, my colleagues in the General Administrative Board voiced their opinions about the process. The ideas within the party have reached a point of maturity. God willing, the process will be completed shortly, Kurtulmuş said. Kurtulmuş declined to provide a timeline of the process. “We will reach a point with the consultations. ” he said.

July/17/2012

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