Turkije's versplinterde oppositie verenigt zich tegen Erdogan
May 14, 2023 - Turkey’s new opposition alliance vows to reverse President Erdogan’s policies in what many see as the most consequential election in the republic’s 100-year history.
Turkey’s often divided opposition parties have come together to choose a single candidate to face President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May's election.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, 74, leads the main secular opposition party, the centre-left Republican People's Party (CHP).
The coalition, called Nation Alliance, vows to reverse Erdogan’s economic, civil rights and foreign policies.
Polls suggest a tight race in a country highly polarised after two decades of Mr Erdogan's authoritarian rule.
After two decades in power the president is facing one of his toughest electoral tests, due to the combined effect of runaway inflation, alleged economic mismanagement and public outrage over the response to February’s devastating earthquake, which killed more than 45,000 in Turkey alone.
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