Turkey's main opposition party indicates local election alliance

An alliance of the bases of political parties may be a possibility in Turkey's upcoming local elections, Engin Özkoç, Group Deputy Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Sunday said, Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

 "A legal alliance is not possible. As a legal alliance is not the case, the alliance of the bases of political parties is necessary," Özkoç said.

"We say alliance in the ballot boxes. We will hold all the necessary high-level meetings to enable the alliance of people at the ballot box," he added.

Concerning possible allies in the election, Özkoç said that people would do their best to support the political party which is the strongest one among the opposition in a particular region. 

The local elections will be held on 31 March 2019 throughout Turkey. While opposition parties discuss possible alliances, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed to continue an alliance, which was formed before general and presidential elections held on June 24, in next year’s local elections as well, according to Mehmet Özhasaki, the responsible person for AKP’s local administrations.