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Government and PoliticsBetween continuity and collapse... an uncertain future for Turkey's opposition alliance

Between continuity and collapse… an uncertain future for Turkey’s opposition alliance

Big questions are now being raised about the fate of the nation’s alliance and its leaders, and whether it can continue after the loss, or will they be stranded.

Sky News Arabia posed these questions to opposition officials and political analysts.

On Sunday evening, Erdogan won the second round to begin a third term, with the Justice and Development Party and its alliance retaining a majority of seats in parliament.

The covenant continues

The leader of the Republican People’s Party, the largest of the coalition and opposition parties, Deniz Chamoglu, confirms that the coalition “continues its work, and the coming period will benefit from the failure of the current elections “.

Despite the defeat, Sham Oglu believes that “the opposition is now stronger than before, because it represents half of the opinion of the Turkish street, and therefore the decisions will be more courageous, depending on the support it will receive. by voting for her”.

Political analyst Islam Ozjan agrees, citing the opposition’s concern for survival.

He explains that “the loss of the opposition will force them to work together in parliament, because they know that they have a chance if they work together against the Justice and Development Party and Erdogan, otherwise their presence will not have any sense”. , I think the alliance will continue for a while.”

Collapse of the Alliance

On the other hand, political analyst Erdi Ozturk expects Kemal Kilicdaroglu to resign from the leadership of the Republican People’s Party, “and a broad resignation movement will occur, or even small parties will emerge from the party, which will not be in the interests of the opposition.”

He justifies this by saying that the Republican People’s Party “became in a difficult situation after the loss, and was unable to make a breakthrough by significantly increasing the number of its seats in parliament, and even the increase that has taken place go to the parties that have allied themselves with him.

inner struggle

And the Turkish political analyst, Javad Gök, agrees with him, who believes that “the loss of the elections will lead to the disintegration of the alliance of the nation”.

In addition to his expectation of Kılıçdaroğlu’s resignation, the loss is likely to “afflict the Republican People’s Party, and sharp differences will begin within the party between the two wings of hard-line secularists in Western cities and Kurdish Alevis. of the party, as each wing will compete for the leadership of the party.

Information about the National Alliance

It was created in February 2022 as a prelude to the 2023 elections. It includes 6 opposition parties known in the media as the “table à six”, and they come from different ideologies, between Ataturkian secularism and nationalism of on the one hand, and the right-wing conservative movement. These parties are: Republican People’s Party led by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Good Party led by Meral Akşener, Happiness Party led by Temel Karamullah Oglu, Democratic Party led by Gültekin Uysal, Democracy and Progress Party led by Ali Babacan, future led by Ahmet Davutoğlu, and the latter two are justice and development party defectors. On February 13, the six leaders met and issued a statement of their agreement to restore the parliamentary system of government. The coalition nominated the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kilicdaroglu, as president, in an unprecedented move where opposition parties agreed on a candidate. He ran in the legislative elections with two lists, the first comprising the Republican People’s Party and other parties, while the Good Party ran with separate lists. The Republican People’s Party list won 169 seats, while the Good Party list won 43 seats.

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