Jul 04 2018

Nation Alliance over – Good Party spokesman

Good Party spokesman Aytun Çıray has announced that the Nation Alliance which entered parliamentary elections together on June 24 has ended, pro-government Vatan newspaper said.

The alliance – made up of the secular Republican People’s Party, the nationalist Good Party, the Islamist Felicity Party, and the centre-right Democratic Party – took 33.9 percent of the vote as compared to the governing People’s Alliance on 53.7 percent and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party on 11.7 percent.

Çıray said that the Nation Alliance had been a temporary measure in order to prevent election rigging.

“With the end of these elections, there is no need for this alliance,” he said.

Earlier in the week, there were claims suggested that Good Party's leader Meral Akşener might be readying to take a post in soon to be governing Erdogan coalition. Çıray denied those rumors afterwards. 

Çıray also stated that his party is ready to face the early elections if it is decided to hold elections earlier than scheduled March 2019. 

In November 2015, the MHP dropped Akşener from their candidate list after making her an MP in June 2015 elections. From that time onwards, she was sidelined, and eventually expelled from the party in September 2016. Akşener, within a year found the Good Party and initially was described a new political leader who might unseat Erdogan. Akşener polled about 10% in parliamentary elections.