Turkey’s center-right opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener is set to continue as the party’s leader despite her announcement earlier this month that she would not be a candidate in the upcoming extraordinary congress, independent news site T24 reported.
Akşener announced on July 22 that she would be stepping down as the leader of Turkey’s Good Party, with reports soon thereafter that she had changed her decision following supporters’ demonstrations.
“I am here at the party to convene our chairmanship council. Following Aug. 12, we will prepare for the local elections and determine our candidates quickly,” Akşener said before the Good Party’s top executive board meeting on July 30. They party’s Secretary-general Aytun Çıray; however, confirmed the party would have only one candidate heading into congress.
The Good Party was founded in late 2017 by former members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who resigned from the MHP as a reaction to MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli’s alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The party received 10 percent of votes in June’s parliamentary elections while Akşener received 7.3 percent support as presidential candidate, results which were met with criticism by both the leading cadre and supporters.