Turkish opposition leaders to discuss joint presidential candidate

The Table of Six, an alliance of six Turkish opposition parties, has announced that they will start discussing who will be running for the presidency for the upcoming elections against Erdoğan.

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Leaders of Turkey's six opposition parties on Jan. 5 met for the tenth time, saying that they will start discussing who will be their joint presidential candidate for the upcoming elections against Erdoğan.

The opposition leaders released a joint statement after their meeting, saying that their aims can be realized depending on the joint presidential candidate winning the election and obtaining a majority in the Parliament to amend the constitution.

“Table of Six” is the name of alliance of the six opposition parties that are united to change Turkey’s presidential regime to “strengthened parliamentary system”, consisting the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), center-right İYİ (Good) Party, Islamist Felicity (Saadet) Party, Democrat Party (DP), DEVA (Democracy and Progress) Party and Future (Gelecek) Party.

They also said they will not support any snap election after April 6, as the new election system will be applied after that point, which was regarded to function in favor of the ruling AKP.

Lately, Kılıçdaroğlu said that it is the Table of Six that will choose the presidential candidate and that he will accept to run for presidency if six leaders agree upon him. 

While there are rumors that İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener favors CHP’s Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu instead of Kılıçdaroğlu, some senior CHP figures claimed that Kılıçdaroğlu will be their candidate against Erdoğan.

Some experts say that CHP’s Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu or Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş should run for presidency because Kılıçdaroğlu may not attract enough conservative voters from the ruling alliance. They also say Erdoğan's election campaign may prevail against Kılıçdaroğlu because of the former's rhetoric.