Turkey: Leader of nationalist opposition hospitalized

Turkey: Leader of nationalist opposition hospitalized
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Aksener was taken to the hospital because of mild palpitation and is expected to be released on Friday, a Good Party official has said.

Meral Aksener, the leader of the opposition Good Party, was taken to a hospital in Ankara late Thursday, reportedly because of a heart arrhythmia and palpitation.

Good Party spokesperson Kursat Zorlu said:

"Our chair Ms. Meral Aksener has been taken to Ankara Guven Hospital in the evening because of mild palpitation, and thankfully no problem has been observed in the medical examinations. She will most probably be released from the hospital tomorrow."

The Good Party is the second largest political party in the six-party opposition bloc, after the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). It had received 10% of the popular vote in the 2018 parliamentary election and has 43 seats in the Turkish National Grand Assembly.

Aksener, a former interior minister, founded Good Party on 25 October 2017, a short time after she led an opposition within the far right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and been expelled.