Sözcü newspaper on Kılıçdaroğlu's candidacy: "I am Kemal and I am coming"


With the central front page headline: "I am Kemal and I'm coming", the Turkish opposition newspaper Sözcü, prominently presents the descent of the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, as a joint candidate of the united opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The crisis that had erupted in the "National Alliance" with the departure of Meral Akşener's centre-right "Good Party" (IYI Party), was averted by its return to the common opposition platform against the Turkish president.

Akşener's proposal to appoint the mayors of Ankara and Istanbul, Mansur Yavaş and Ekrem İmamoğlu, Turkey's informal "candidates" for vice presidents in the event that Kılıçdaroğlu wins the May 14 presidential election, has given renewed impetus to the "National Alliance" effort against Erdoğan.

"Common sense prevailed. Breathe for Turkey. The choice will be between Erdoğan and Kılıçdaroğlu," writes Sözcü, describing Akşener's return to the opposition alliance, as "wise".

The head of the "Good Party" initially reacted to the proposal to have Yavaş and İmamoğlu as a joint candidate of CHP president Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. However, when both answered her clearly that they stand by Kılıçdaroğlu, she returned to the alliance with a new proposal, which was accepted by the rest.

In his first statements, the head of the opposition stated that the "table of 6" is "a peace table". As he pointed out: “Our sole purpose is to bring the country back to the days of prosperity, peace and joy. Together we will restore the authority of morality and justice."

The "National Alliance" consists of the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Good Party (IYI), the Happiness Party (Saadet), the Democratic Party (DP), the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) and the Future Party.

In the last year, these parties have fully cooperated with the sole goal of ending the 20-year rule of President Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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