Consensus reached on presidential candidate: Turkey's opposition bloc

Consensus reached on presidential candidate: Turkey's opposition bloc
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A joint statement by six party leaders say the final declaration will be made and presidential candidate announced on 6 March.

The leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey announced after a meeting on Thursday that they finally reached a consensus on their presidential candidate to run in the coming elections, as well as a full understanding regarding "the road map" in the transition from the current one man regime to a parliamentary system.

After the meeting at the headquarters of the Felicity Party, the leaders said in a joint statement that they will have their next meeting on 6 March and that they will make the "final announcement" after that meeting.

This means that the name of the presidential candidate for the bloc will be announced four days later.

Today's meeting was attended by the leaders of the parties in the bloc, which is also known as the Table of Six: Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Meral Aksener, the leader of nationalist opposition Good Party, Temel Karamollagolu, the leader of Islamist opposition Felicity Party, and the leaders of center right Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), Future Party and Democrat Party (DP).

CHP leader Kilicdaroglu has been giving clear signals for some time that he may run for president in case other leaders reach an agreement to nominate him as the presidential candidate of the bloc.