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Turkey's opposition unites in advance of 2023 elections

The jury’s out on whether a pledge by Turkey’s six opposition parties to bring back the parliamentary system is an agreement on the lowest common denominator or a historical pact that would unseat Erdogan.
Presentation of "Strengthened Parliamentary System" signing ceremony in Ankara on Feb. 28, 2022.

Standing against a white backdrop that boosted an image of Turkey’s parliament, leaders of six opposition parties made a joint declaration Monday on restoring the rule of law and freedoms in Turkey after two decades of “unchecked one-man rule.”

“The unchecked powers [of the president] has deepened the problems of Turkey,” Muharrem Erkek, deputy chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said as he explained the 40-page accord to an audience of party members, journalists and representatives of the nongovernmental associations in Ankara. 

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