Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar on Dec. 27 visited Future Party chairman Ahmet Davutoğlu at the latter's party headquarters.
Following the visit, the three leaders held a press meeting, once again reiterating their demand for early elections.
Sancar said that the basic strategy of the government is to “polarize the society” and “to benefit from such tensions.” He said that the opposition can respond to such tactics by showing that “the opportunities to build societal peace are powerful.”
Buldan said that they talked about the process leading up to the upcoming elections and how this process can be jointly pursued. “As the HDP, we have expressed that the most important necessity of Turkey is early elections, and we shared our demand for early elections with the Future Party,” Buldan said.
She further said that Turkey is going through a period in which there is no democracy, justice or law, with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) victimizing the society.
Davutoğlu emphasized the importance of all parties coming together on a joint ground, with the country's unity, basic human rights and freedoms and social welfare being at the center.
He also said that opposition parties need to agree on a “principal ground” to overcome the gradually increasing authoritarianism and to bring democratic rights and freedoms to the country once again.
Six Turkish opposition parties are stepping up collaboration in their bid to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP in elections slated for 2023, increasing pressure on the president as opinion polls show waning support for his power alliance.
These six parties are as follows: the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Good (İYİ) Party, Felicity Party (Saadet), Democrat Party (DP), former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan's Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) and former prime minister Davutoğlu's Future Party.
Among this opposition alliance, the HDP is not included, but the party expresses support for it and holds meetings with their representatives.