Turkish Opposition Leaders Meet to Counter Erdogan's System

ISTANBUL (AP) — The leaders of six opposition events in Turkey met Saturday to strategize about the way forward for the nation’s governing system — a transfer that goals to unseat the nation’s longtime ruler.

In an announcement following the working dinner, the get together leaders stated Turkey was experiencing “the deepest political and financial disaster” of its historical past and blamed it on the chief presidential system. They stated their joint purpose was to rework Turkey’s governance to a “strengthened parliamentary system.”

They didn’t point out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by identify, however their clear purpose is to discover a approach to work collectively to unseat him.

After greater than 11 years as Turkey’s prime minister, Erdogan was elected president in 2014. On the time, the place was primarily ceremonial, nonetheless in 2017 Turkish voters permitted an government presidential system, drastically increasing Erdogan’s powers on the expense of these of the prime minister and parliament. Erdogan was re-elected the next 12 months. Critics name the system “one-man rule.”

The leaders on the dinner have been Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the top of the primary opposition Republican Folks’s Occasion; Meral Aksener from the nationalist Good Occasion; Temel Karamollaoglu from the conservative Felicity Occasion; Gultekin Uysal from the Democrat Occasion; Democracy and Progress Occasion’s Ali Babacan; and Future Occasion’s Ahmet Davutoglu. That they had beforehand performed bilateral conferences however Saturday’s assembly was their first all collectively. They’re anticipated to launch particulars of their settlement on Feb. 28.

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Davutoglu and Babacan have been co-founders of Erdogan’s ruling get together and served in prime positions however broke away to type their very own events in criticism of Erdogan’s insurance policies.

The second largest opposition get together, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Occasion, was not on the assembly. The federal government has attacked that get together and plenty of of its members, together with its former leaders, have been imprisoned over alleged hyperlinks to outlawed Kurdish militants. Erdogan has additionally accused the Republican Folks’s Occasion of siding with “terrorists.”

The subsequent parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for June 2023.

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