The Nation Alliance, an electoral coalition of opposition parties in Turkey, has disbanded after fulfilling its primary objective of supporting Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s presidential candidacy, Uğur Poyraz, Secretary General of the Good Party (İYİP) declared during a television appearance on Thursday.
The alliance, formed before the recent presidential and parliamentary elections, united six opposition parties which became known as the Table of Six. Its primary aim was to support Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), in his bid for the presidency.
Poyraz highlighted that the alliance was specifically designed to bolster Kılıçdaroğlu’s candidacy and had successfully achieved its objective with the conclusion of the elections on 28 May.
Echoing Poyraz’s sentiments, Bahadır Erdem, Deputy Chairman of the İYİP, also confirmed that the Nation Alliance was solely an electoral collaboration. Erdem stressed that the political parties have their own unique goals and agendas, which often differ, and thus, continuing the alliance post-election would not be practical.
As Turkey’s parliament prepares to reconvene on Friday, Kılıçdaroğlu personally reached out to the party leaders of the Table of Six, informing them that their respective parliamentary members, who were elected on CHP lists, can return to their original parties.
The dissolution of the Nation Alliance signifies the end of a chapter in opposition collaboration, as parties shift their focus back to individual party politics. The alliance served as a platform for uniting disparate opposition forces and demonstrated the potential for collective action against the ruling party.