MHP's Bahçeli accepts Erdoğan's invitation, will attend grand democracy rally

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 03.08.2016 19:38
Updated 03.08.2016 20:53
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left, greets Devlet Bahçeli before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 25 (AP Photo)
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left, greets Devlet Bahçeli before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 25 (AP Photo)

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli will attend the grand democracy rally in Istanbul's Yenikapı Square on August 7 to wrap up the anti-coup rallies which emerged following the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Bahçeli's decision was announced shortly after Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım's call to invite him.

He tweeted on his account that he will 'attend the Democracy and Martyrs rally on August 7 to 'crown' the national determination which displayed itself since July 15.'

Bahçeli further said that the will of the nation will finalize the 'democracy watch.'

Bahçeli's tweets were retweeted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter, who invited the chairmen of both MHP and the Republican People's Party (CHP) to join the rally, which he said will be the greatest of its kind in the history of Turkey.

The grand rally will consist of a grand convention at Istanbul's Yenikapı Square on Sunday and President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Yıldırım are expected to address a large crowd.

The rallies called "democracy watches" were the result of calls by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who appealed to the public "to claim the streets and squares," while a small Gülenist junta was attempting to take over the state on July 15 and when police and anti-coup soldiers were the only armed elements to counter the putsch attempt.

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