A historical betrayal from Meral Akşener

For what it is worth, the CHP-led National Alliance was an exemplary political experiment. Today,

Meral Akşener broke ranks with five other opposition parties that formed “Table of Six” on March 3 and said her party would not support main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as the joint candidate. She stated that her party wanted CHP Istanbul Mayor (İBB) Ekrem İmamoğlu or CHP Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş to be nominated as the joint candidate[1] 

Akşener’s move is a full-scale betrayal. In the end, her far-right nationalist instincts played for Erdoğan’s hands. However, I do not feel despair at all. CHP and others hesitated to ally with pro-Kurdish HDP because of Akşener’s nationalist party. Now all nationalists can go to hell, and the rest of the citizens can ally against the ruling party. The opposition may lose; after today’s developments, we do not know how Akşener’s voter base will act, and there is more uncertainty. Still, it does not look too good for the opposition. Why am I not in despair? Because, after all that happened, if the citizens vote for Erdoğan, this is what we deserve, and I respect and accept the saddening result.

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