The opposition bloc will have only one presidential candidate: Akşener from IP
Turkey’s opposition bloc, the Alliance of Nations, will nominate a single presidential candidate in the country’s upcoming elections, the president of the Right Party (PI), one of Turkey’s main partners, said on Wednesday. alliance.
“As the National Alliance, we will nominate a presidential candidate and this (candidate) will become the 13th President of Turkey,” PI President Meral Akşener said, addressing her parliamentary group.
Criticizing the presidential system adopted in the country with a 2017 referendum and put into effect the following year, Akşener said that “even though the person we appoint is the most talented and respected person in the world, Turkey cannot to be governed under this abnormal regime. system.”
She notably challenged this system allowing the president of the country to be simultaneously a member of a political party, arguing that he also concentrated too much power on one person.
“Our problem is that the president, who must be impartial, is on the side of a party … Our problem is that the separation of powers has been abolished and all authority is concentrated in one person”, a- she declared.
IP cooperates with the main center-left opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the conservative Felicity Party (SP) and the center-right Democratic Party (DP) under the Alliance of Nations, which has was formed before the general election in June 2018.
During his speech, Akşener also reiterated his pledge not to run for president in the next elections, currently scheduled for June 2023.
She added: “Whether in 2023 or in an election to be held earlier, the first duty of the (presidential) candidate of the Alliance of Nations, who will be elected 13th president of Turkey, will be to save quickly Turkey from this obsolete system, and to implement a democracy based on the separation of powers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly rejected opposition demands for early elections, saying the next elections will take place as scheduled in 2023.
It has been more than four years since Turkey transitioned from a parliamentary system to the current presidential system after the majority of Turkish voters chose to establish the new framework.
Turkish voters narrowly backed an executive presidency in the April 16, 2017 referendum with 51.4% of the vote in favor. The official transition to the new system came when Erdoğan took the presidential oath in Parliament after the general election on June 24, 2018, in which he won 52.6% of the vote.