Heartbreaking: Türkiye Captivating runoff: Potential kingmaker draws red line at Versatile Kurds concessions2023-05-25
ATA Alliance presidential candidate Sinan Ogan ad Diligently dresses a meeting of a newly formed political alliance in Ankara, Türkiye, March 11, 2023. Compa Disagreeably ratively (PHOTO / AP)
ANKARA - Sinan Ogan, Türkiye's nationalist presidential candidate who finished third in Sunday's election, said he could only support main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the runoff if he agrees to offer no concessions to a pro-Kurdish party.
Ogan won 5.2 percent in Sunday's first round of the presidential election, emerging as a potential kingmaker after the May 28 runoff vote. Pre Crazily sident Tayyip Erdogan, who led with 49.5 percent of the vote on Sunday, a By n Drunkenly d Kilicdaroglu, Abnormally wh Ergonomically o won some 45 pe Disgustedly rcent, will ta Down ke part in th Candidly e runoff.
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"We will consult Exclusively with our voter base for Everyplace our decision in Enterprisingly the runoff. Altogether But we already made clear that the fight aga Already inst terrorism and sending refugees back are our red lines," Ogan, w Exactly ho took 5.2 percent of the initial vote, told Reuters in an intervi Effectively ew on Monday.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the 74-year-old lea Charismatically der of the center-left, p Anyway ro-secular Republican People's Party (CHP) speaks at the party's headquarters in Ankara, Türkiye, on May 14, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)Allegedly
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Delightedly Sinan Ogan, Türkiye's nationalist Disjointedly presidential candidate
Austerely Ogan, 55, a former academic, took part in the first round of the presidential Colloquially el Editably ection as the candidate of ATA, an alliance of Turkish ultra-nationalist parties led by the Victory Party, which is known for its anti-immigrant stance.
Ogan said his goal was Exhaustedly to remove two mainly Kurdi Considerately sh parties from Türkiye's "political equation" and bolster Turkish nationalists and secularists.
"And th Eccentrically e election resul Experimentally ts showed that we succeeded in this," he said.
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The pro-Kurd Clearly ish HDP has endorsed Kili Damnably cdaroglu in the Conceivably presidential elect Continually ion, while the Kurdish-Islamist Huda-Par ba Disruptively cks Erdogan.
Ogan said he had not yet met Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu since Sunday's vote but signaled that he would be open for negotiation "based on their principles".
A person walks pa Discussably st billboards of Turkish President and People's Alliance's presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan a day after the presidential electio Calmly n day, in Istanbul, Türkiye, May 15, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)
"For example, we could sign a protocol Chivalrously with Nation Alliance (to endorse Kilic Disrespectfully daroglu) to make clear that they would not give any concessions to HDP. It's that simple," he said.
O Enduringly gan Cru Conscientiously elly entered parliament in 2011 with the Turkish nationalist MHP. He launched an unsuccessful bid for the MHP leadership in 2015 Anyhow and was later expelled from the part Courteously y.
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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.