15 CHP MPs to join İYİ Party to ensure its participation in election
Fifteen deputies from Turkey’s leading opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), will join the İYİ (Good) Party, in a move that will guarantee İYİ Party’s participation in the snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, pro-government CNN Türk reported.
The CHP resignations follow uncertainty as to whether İyi Party, led by the former Interior Minister Meral Akşener, will be eligible to participate in the upcoming snap elections.
Turkey’s election law requires a new party to hold a congress six months in advance in order to be able to run in the next election; İYİ Party finalized its district congress on Feb. 26 and it is still not clear whether the High Election Board (YSK) will take this date into when calculating the required necessary six-month period.
CHP spokesperson Bülent Tezcan confirmed that that resignation of 15 CHP deputies took place on the orders of party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
With 15 CHP MPs joining İYİ Party, the party which currently has 5 deputies in Turkish Parliament will have attained the adequate number to form a group in Parliament, thereby gaining the right to have a presidential candidate.