Turkey, Politics

'Turkey's main opposition leader may run for president'

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu may consider becoming a candidate for 2023 election, says leader of Good (IYI) Party

Emin Avundukluoglu   | 14.04.2021
'Turkey's main opposition leader may run for president' Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) - Anadolu Agency

ANKARA

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), may be a candidate in Turkey’s 2023 presidential election, an opposition politician said on Wednesday.

“Kemal Kilicdaroglu may consider becoming a presidential candidate. There is no harm there,” Meral Aksener, leader of the opposition Good (IYI) Party, told reporters in the parliament.

To a question about her own possible candidacy, Aksener said she had never spoken about at any such move.

“We are listening to the troubles of the nation and bringing them to the agenda of public opinion,” she said.

“Most importantly, I have been traveling [through Turkey] since January 20, 2020. While doing this work, I do not have any dream [about the presidency] related to my party or me. I do not have any dream besides Turkey, which I have said clearly.”

Aksener, however, added that there “is a lot of time to the elections” so “we can see what happens.”

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