Erdoğan’s alliance running second place in June Turkey elections - Akşener

Meral Akşener, the leader of the Turkish nationalist opposition Good Party, said her party’s internal polling suggested President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would not win in the first round of voting in June 24 presidential elections and his party and its far-right allies were polling lower than the opposition parties in parliamentary elections the same day, independent news site T24 said.

The alliance concept, introduced in March, appeared to be intended to ensure that Erdoğan’s nationalist ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) could remain in parliament despite a party split and a loss of popularity.

The Popular Alliance, made up of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the MHP, and the far-right Great Unity Party (BBP), faces the Nation Alliance, made up of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Good Party, the Islamist Felicity Party, and the small centre-right Democratic Party.

“Our position is very good. The Nation Alliance is passing the Popular Alliance. I say this through polling results,” she said. “Mr. Erdoğan will be left to the second round.”

The Kurdish-majority Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is entering the elections alone.

Akşener said that the snap elections had been called because the economy was going wrong and the government wanted to secure its position before the damage became more apparent.

What would help the economy would be if the state of emergency were removed and the legal system made independent, she said.

“If there is no justice or law, everything is at one person’s beck and call ... If the right to say ‘you’re one of us, you’re not one of us’ belongs to one person, neither foreign nor domestic investors will come (to Turkey),” Akşener said.

“Everything material has become more expensive, but everything spiritual has been cheapened.”

She said she had not intended to ask the CHP for help in entering elections – the CHP loaned the newly formed Good Party 15 parliamentarians in order to ensure the party qualified for the polls – but she had heard that the Supreme Electoral Council had been ordered to prevent the party from taking part.