Good (İYİ) Party Ankara lawmaker Ayhan Altıntaş on March 4 announced that he resigned from his party.
Altıntaş said “In the light of the latest political developments, I respectfully announce to the public that I have resigned from the İYİ Party upon the need I see.”
Son siyasi gelişmeler ışığında, gördüğüm lüzum üzerine İYİ Partiden istifa ettiğimi kamuoyuna saygıyla duyururum.— Ayhan Altıntaş (@ay_altintas) March 4, 2023
Prof.Dr. Ayhan Altıntaş, Ankara Milletvekili
Three hours later Altıntaş said he withdrew his resignation after meeting with İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener.
Değerli Genel Başkanımızla yaptığım istişare ve değerlendirme sonucu partimden istifamı geri almış bulunuyorum. Saygılarımla.— Ayhan Altıntaş (@ay_altintas) March 4, 2023
Altıntaş said "I expressed my belief (to Akşener) that the language of communication at the level of leaders has become accusatory and discriminatory, making it difficult to solve the problems we face. I have increased my belief that the presidential nomination process will be carried out in a more inclusive and embracing way."
Değerli Genel Başkanımla yaptığımız değerlendirmede, son günlerde liderler seviyesindeki iletişim dilinin toplumun geniş kitlelerinde itham edici ve ayrıştırıcı hale gelmesinin, karşı karşıya olduğumuz problemlerin çözümünü zorlaştırdığına dair inancımı dile getirdim.— Ayhan Altıntaş (@ay_altintas) March 5, 2023
Altıntaş’s move came after İYİ Party leader Akşener on March 3 publicly rejected Kılıçdaroğlu's presidential candidacy despite other parties in the Nation Alliance agreeing upon him, saying his candidacy was being imposed on the İYİ Party.
One day before, six leaders of the main opposition alliance, including Akşener, said they "reached a common understanding" on their joint presidential candidate.
One day later, Akşener said she was supporting CHP mayors İmamoğlu and Yavaş as candidates amid polls that indicated they could perform better against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
"İYİ Party has been forced to an imposition in a grabbing way, and forced to make a choice between death and malaria," Akşener said, referring to Erdoğan and Kılıçdaroğlu.
She called Yavaş and İmamoğlu to take on the role and nominate themselves, but both mayors once again announced their support for the CHP leader.
CHP, İYİ Party, Felicity Party (SP) and Democrat Party (DP) founded the Nation Alliance prior to the 2018 elections. Later, the Democracy and Progress (DEVA) Party and the Future Party joined the alliance.
The alliance was also known as the Table of Six.