Opposition bloc’s presidential candidate to be named in January
Good Party’s (IYIP) Istanbul chair Bugra Kavuncu said opposition bloc’s joint presidential candidate will be announced in January.
“We don't know the election date yet. However, our announcement will arrive in January,” Kavuncu told Karar TV during a live broadcast on Monday.
Turkey is facing presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June at the latest. Six opposition parties including the IYIP who teamed up to restore a parliamentary system in Turkey, are also working on for putting forward a joint candidate to run against Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections.
Erdogan, who will run for another term with the support of his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) governing ally far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is yet to announce a date for the polls. AKP circles are hinting an early election.
The six-party bloc also includes the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), the Islamist Felicity Party (SP), the Democrat Party (DP), former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s Future Party (GP) and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA).