After Sex-Tape Release, Turkey’s Bacheli Called to Quit, HT Says

A group that released sex videos, which led to the resignation of four Turkish Nationalist Action Party politicians gave the party’s leader Devlet Bahceli until May 18 to resign, according to Haberturk newspaper.

The group, calling itself ‘Different Nationalism,’ sent the demand by e-mail and on Twitter yesterday after the website it used to post the videos was shut by Turkey’s communications agency in Ankara, the newspaper said.

Bahceli should resign by 10 a.m. on May 18 or it would release more videos, Haberturk cited the group as saying. It wanted the party, which is fighting to win the 10 percent of votes necessary to enter parliament under Turkish election laws, to regroup and enter the June 12 general elections “completely clean and strong” under a new leadership.

The party’s candidates Recai Yildirim, Metin Cobanoglu, Bulent Didinmez and Ihsan Barutcu resigned after sex videos were anonymously posted on the internet.

Gokcen Konca, an Ankara-based spokeswoman for the MHP, as the party is known, declined to comment. Huseyin Ozturk, a bodyguard for deputy party leader Oktay Vural, who answered a call to him said the politician had no comment on the matter.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Ankara at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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