What Happened: Former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan has said he's planning to establish a new party to rival the ruling Justice and Development Party by the end of December, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Nov. 27. Babacan said he would seek to end the ruling coalition's majority in parliament and put the country on a path toward early elections.
Why It Matters: Babacan's splinter party increases the chances of an early election before 2023 as some leading members of the AKP could defect. The AKP will likely continue its nationalistic policies to fend off the challenge, although this strategy could risk further alienating foreign powers.
Background: An underperforming Turkish economy and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's consolidation of power have alienated moderate elements of the AKP, leading some former high-ranking officials to distance themselves from Erdogan and the party.
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