Turkey’s centre-right opposition parties to forge new alliance excluding CHP – Birgün

Turkey’s centre-right opposition parties have been considering to establish a new bloc by ending the ongoing alliance between the secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the nationalist Good Party, Birgün daily reported, citing sources in Ankara.

Political backstage rumours indicate a budding alliance by the Good Party, the Islamist Felicity Party, the newly established Future Party of former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the centre-right Democrat Party and a liberal party expected to be established by Ahmet Babacan, former deputy prime minister in charge of the economy, Birgün said.

Politicians from right-wing parties argue that an alliance that will exclude the CHP would have a better chance to attract voters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the daily said. 

But, the parties will try to come to an agreement with the CHP on a joint candidate to rival Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in presidential elections scheduled for 2023, Birgün said.

“It is impossible to predict how the CHP will react if such a situation emerges,” Birgün said. It seems impossible for the main opposition party to establish a formal alliance with the mainly-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), but the HDP might indirectly support a CHP candidate in presidential elections as it did in local polls last year in Turkey’s largest provinces, it said. 

Meanwhile, many opposition politicians in Ankara are talking about the possibility of snap presidential and parliamentary elections, Birgün said. “Therefore the emergence of a new right-wing bloc might not be postponed for long,” it said.