Alliance hustle


Off again, on again, the alliance debate has reached fever pitch. What are the deals?

Following the thaw between the AK Party and MHP for the local elections to be held on March 31, 2019, negotiatio­ns between the two parties for the cities where their alliance will play out continue while the CHP and the GOOD Party continue to seek reconcilia­tion for 9 provinces. In the AK Party, 60 cities have announced their candidate for metropolit­an mayor. The candidates for the 21 provinces, including Istanbul, are expected to be announced by Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his return from the G20 meeting on December 3. The AK Party nominated two ex-ministers for two metropolit­an cities: former Environmen­t and Urbanizati­on Minister, Mehmet Ozhaseki, for the Metropolit­an Municipali­ty of Ankara and former Economy Minister, Nihat Zeybekci, for Izmir. Binali Yildirim, the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, appears to have been nominated for the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolit­an Municipali­ty. The Istanbul candidacy will be announced after the President’s return from Argentina. “There will be mutual gestures with MHP” Though Erdogan has stated that there may be mutual gestures from the MHP, some interpret his words as meaning the number may change and the AK Party may not nominate in some provinces within the framework of an alliance with the MHP. The MHP wants Osmaniye, Isparta and Manisa. The situation of Mersin and Adana are not yet clear. Alliance negotiatio­ns are being conducted by Mehmet Ozhaseki from the AK Party and Sadir Durmaz from the MHP. The candidates will be announced after Erdogan and Bahceli have put the final stamp of approval.

CHP and GOOD Party in search of alliance There are also negotiatio­ns between the CHP and the GOOD Party for 9 provinces, including Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. The GOOD Party insists that Istanbul and Izmir can stay with CHP, but it wants Ankara. The GOOD Party seeks a reconcilia­tion on Mansur Yavas for Ankara. Kilicdarog­lu and Aksener are expected to meet again next week to discuss the names, particular­ly Yavas.

Temer Karamollao­glu, chairman of the Felicity Party, which was in the national alliance during June 24 elections, declared that there will only be “close contact” at the local elections, not an alliance

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