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Turkey’s opposition attempts to close ranks, looks for consensus candidate

Turkey’s leading opposition bloc of six parties appears to have reunited with the Iyi Party's leader returning to the Table of Six.
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ANKARA — After major cracks in its ranks last week, Turkey's leading opposition bloc made progress in bridging its differences on Monday, in a bid to unify around one consensus candidate to run against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. 

The reconciliation came after an intense shuttle diplomacy between the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Iyi Party over the weekend in a bid to strike a compromise between the two parties' leaders after Iyi's Meral Aksener made a bombshell statement on Friday, fanning speculation that her party left the alliance.

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