Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is pictured during a live interview with broadcaster NTV in Istanbul, Turkey April 21, 2018. Picture taken April 21, 2018. Murat Kula/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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Fifteen Turkish parliamentarians from the main opposition have switched to the fledgling Iyi Party to ensure it can run in snap June elections called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officials from the opposition CHP said on Sunday.Authorities have yet to rule on whether Aksener's Iyi Party, which has only five deputies in parliament, will be able to stand in the parliamentary polls.With the addition of 15 new deputies from the secularist CHP, the Iyi Party should have the requisite numbers to stand in the polls, CHP officials said.Parliament voted this week to extend the state of emergency in place since the failed coup for another three months, meaning the June 24 vote will also take place under emergency rule.
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