Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Four Turkish opposition parties agree election alliance deal

Four Turkish opposition parties agree election alliance deal

The June 24 polls, which will see parliamentary and presidential elections held on the same day, will be a landmark in modern Turkish history.

Erdogan's ruling AK Party has established an alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). After the elections the country will transition from the parliamentary system to the presidential one.

The secularist CHP, which has never won an election against Erdogan in his decade and a half in power, chose 54-year-old ex- high school physics teacher Muharrem Ince as its candidate.

The HDP has named its charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas as presidential candidate even though he is now behind bars and on trial.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag ridiculed the CHP's move, saying it was only "trying to win time" by making the mere announcement of a date sound like a strategy.

Although Iyi Party leader and former interior minister Meral Aksener has registered to run against Erdogan to be the next president of Turkey, the CHP has yet to name its candidate.

The first to submit his candidacy was the maverick leader of the small leftist nationalist Patriotic Party, Dogu Perincek.

Even though the two parties were born as a result of the same Islamist movement, Karamollaoglu has criticised the AKP's handling of the economy and the crackdown under the state of emergency in place since the coup attempt in July 2016.

Erdogan has served as president since 2014 - Turkey's first popularly elected president.

After these elections, constitutional changes to create an executive presidency will come into force after they were approved narrowly in an April 2017 referendum.

Absent from the election pact is the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which is also strongly hostile to Erdogan.

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