Will the “table of six” grow in Turkey? The opposition coalition in next May’s presidential election already includes six parties, ranging from the centre-left, represented by its common candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu (president of the CHP, a nationalist and secular Kemalist party), to right-wing nationalist, liberal or conservative, even including a small Islamist party. But will she go so far as to integrate the radical left and pro-Kurdish HDP party?
The far-left Workers’ Party (TPP), a recent and still emerging political formation but benefiting from favorable momentum, said it was in favor of an alliance from the first round in order to quickly defeat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and avoid the tension and possible surprises of the second round.
“This time there should be no competition within the opposition, let’s put our differences aside to give Erdogan a resounding defeat,” This was stated by party leader Erkan Bas, whose words are quoted by online media. Dicken.
While the elections promise to be fierce, the HDP (between 10 and 13% of the vote) appears to be in a kingmaker position. But candidate Kilicdaroglu runs the risk of having difficulty persuading his partners to give way to the Kurds.
“Of course, CHP can match HDP, but it is out of the question that they
Source: Courrier International
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