HDP still ready for talks with opposition bloc for a joint candidate
Senior figures from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey said they are ready for an “open dialogue” with the six opposition parties that form the Nation Alliance, also known as “Table of Six,” even after HDP announced that it will run own candidate to run against President Tayyip Erdogan in next year’s presidential elections.
HDP’s Co-Chair Mithat Sancar said that there was no obstacle to dialogue if the Table of Six wanted to “talk frankly.”
On Saturday, HDP announced it will nominate its own candidate and will soon declare who the candidate will be.
Sancar said there was no contradiction in the HDP's approach regarding the efforts to nominate a joint candidate against Erdogan.
“There is no need to be surprised. They (Table of Six) have to explain why they did not engage in open dialogue with us. Open dialogue and negotiation, these are inherent methods in any elections. Let me be more clear, we will not say no to negotiations even after both sides nominate their candidates,” Sancar said.
HDP’s group party chairperson Saruhan Oluc also said they were ready for talks with the opposition, but it was only natural that they nominate a candidate if the other side did not engage in open talks with the HDP.