Turkish Opposition Lawmakers Are Switching Parties to Challenge Erdogan

15 opposition politicians switched parties in a show of solidarity to challenge Erdogan in Turkey's upcoming elections.

(TIME)– More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule.

Officials from the pro-secular Republican People’s Party, or CHP, said 15 of its lawmakers would join the center-right Iyi Party. The CHP, which is the main opposition party, said the decision was borne out of “democratic disposition.”

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