Former Democrat Party leader joins ruling AK Party

September 05, 2012, Wednesday/ 15:13:00

Former leader of the Democrat Party (DP) Süleyman Soylu officially joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Wednesday in a brief ceremony at a party meeting.

“I am honored to be in the service of this large organization, among honest and self-sacrificing people who serve this nation,” Soylu said before the AK Party badge was pinned on his coat.

 

Soylu also thanked AK Party leader and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for inviting him to join his party. “I am back in my home,” Soylu said.

 

The prime minister had earlier hinted at bringing in figures from other political parties to garner stronger support from Turkey's center-right and conservative voters.

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