Deputy resigns after criticizing HDP support for alliance candidate
While the leader of nationalist Good Party in Turkey earlier voiced objection to the presidential nomination of main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu over the generic reason that he may not be prone to winning, only to consent a couple of days later, a specific objection by another Good Party figure, over the support provided by the pro-Kurdish opposition for Kilicdaroglu, resulted in a resignation.
Yavuz Agiralioglu, deputy for the Good Party, had expressed his discontent at a press conference in the Turkish Grand National Assembly a few hours after the officials of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) announced on 22 March that they will not field candidate in the presidential race, in an apparent sign of support for Kilicdaroglu.
The deputy had said:
"We will not be in a place where terror casts its shadow."
Six days later, he texted on Tuesday journalist Mehmet Akif Ersoy, saying that he is leaving Good Party and he will personally inform party leader Meral Aksener on Wednesday.
The news hit social media, quickly making "Yavuz Agiralioglu" trending on Twitter.
In the meanwhile, Good Party spokesperson Kursad Zorlu announced that Meral Aksener would not meet with the deputy since "resignation is a unilateral decision."
Agiralioglu reportedly submitted his resignation to party officials after that announcement.