Deputy chairman of Babacan's opposition DEVA Party resigns
A founding member of former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan’s Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) has announced that he is parting ways with the opposition party.
DEVA vice chairman Ali Rıza Babaoğlan took to Twitter on Monday to make the surprise announcement, citing the lack of solutions to unspecified problems in the cadres of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) breakaway party.
Değerli kamuoyunun bilgisine sunar, hayırlı bayramlar dilerim. pic.twitter.com/PDDZRh59Xi— Ali Rıza Babaoğlan (@alibabaoglan) July 19, 2021
DEVA was formed in March 2020 by former deputy prime minister Babacan, who broke ranks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2019. The party is the second breakaway group from Erdoğan's ruling AKP and is presented as a liberal democratic and pro-Western political organisation.
The party is seen as having a potential to pose a threat to Erdoğan, who has ruled for almost two decades, in the next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 2023.