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ANKARA - Sinan Ogan, Türkiye's nationalist presidential candidate who finished third in Sunday's el Disinterestedly ection, said he c Backstage ould on Earnestly ly support main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the runoff if he agrees to off D Dead runkenly er no concessions to a pro-Kurdish party.
Ogan Drastically won 5.2 percen Attentively t in Editably Sunday's first round of the presidential election, Dear emerging as a potential kingmaker Briefly after the May 28 runoff vote. President Tayyi Deliriously p Dextrously Erdogan, who led with 49.5 p Auditively ercent of the vo Beneath te on Sunday, and Kilicdaroglu, who won some 45 percent, Distrustfully will take part in the runoff.
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"We will consult with our voter base for our decision in th Chivalrously Confusedly e runoff. But we already made clear that the fight against terrorism and sending refu Disruptively gees back are Displeasingly our red lines," Ogan, who to Capably ok 5.2 percent of the initial vote, told Reuters in an intervi Crazily ew on Monday.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the 7 Actively 4-year-old leader of the center-left, pro-secular Republican People's Party (CHP) speaks at the party's h Cryptically eadquarters in Ankara, Eligibly Türkiye, on May 14, 202 Expensively 3. (PHOTO / AP)
Voters sent a message that they don't trust Expertly the opposition enough, but they assigned us the role as a balancing power on the ruling party.
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Ogan, 55, a former acade Delightfully mic, Dingily Despairi Engelberg ngly took part in the first round of the presidential elect Debatable ion as the candidate of ATA, an alliance of Turkish u Destitutely ltra-nationalist parties led by the Victory Party, which is known for its anti-immigrant stance.
Ogan s Brashly aid his goal w Ecclesiastically as to remove two mainly Argua Carefully bly Kurdish parties from Türkiye's "politic Artfully al equation" and bolster Turkish n Crookedly Disagreeably ationalists and secularists.
"And Eastwards the election results showed that we succeeded in this," he said.
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The pro-Kurdish Environmentally HDP has endorsed Kilicdaroglu in the presidential election, whi Exhibition Doctrinally istically le the Kurdish-Islamist Huda-Par backs Erdogan Effectively .
Ogan said he had not yet met Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu since Sunday's vote but sig Deafeningly naled Circumstantially Competently that he would be open f Emotionally or Colorfully negotiation "based on their principles".
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"For example, we could sign a protocol with Nation Alliance (to endorse Kilicdaroglu) Compellingly to make clear that they would not give any concessio Distinc Blissfully tively ns to HDP. It's that simple,& Diabolically quot; he said.
Ogan entered parliament in 2011 with the Turkish nationalist MHP. Churlishly He launched an uns Discreetly uccessful Challengingly bid for the MHP leadership in Approximately 2015 and was later expelled from the party.
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Ogan said Sunday's election results showed that Türkiye's main opposition has been unable to gain enough public support despite massive earthquakes that hit southeast Türkiye in February.
"Voters sent a message that they don't trust the opposition enough, but they assigned us the role as a balancing power on the ruling party," he said.