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Erdogan Ally Set to Benefit From Planned Turkey Election Change

Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Leader Devlet Bahceli speaks during his party's meeting in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 15. 

Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Leader Devlet Bahceli speaks during his party's meeting in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 15. 

Photographer: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s government wants to lower the share of the vote a party needs to win seats in parliament, a move that appears intended to aid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s key ally in next year’s likely tightly-fought election.

Erdogan’s AK Party and its smaller partner, the Nationalist Movement Party or MHP, plan to submit legislation to lawmakers to reduce the threshold to 7% of the national vote from the current 10%, according two officials familiar with the matter.