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A new Turkish political party founded by a former minister and vocal critic of Tayyip Erdogan could cost the president crucial support and potentially unseat the main opposition, a poll suggested on Wednesday.
The survey by prominent polling firm Gezici showed that the Iyi Parti ("Good Party"), founded this month by the breakaway nationalist lawmaker Meral Aksener, could mark a dramatic shift in Turkish politics, eclipsing the secular CHP that dominated Turkish politics for much of the republic's history.
While only five members of the 550-seat parliament have joined Aksener's party, the survey suggested it could win over voters from several parties, including Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party as well as secular or nationalist groups.
Although Turkey's next elections are not due until 2019, pollster Gezici asked 4,638 respondents how they would vote in the event of a snap election.
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