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    Turkish left fails to join forces in local elections, suffering a setback

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    21.10.2008 - 09:24 | Son Güncelleme: 21.10.2008 - 13:40

    The Turkish political left suffered a major setback when the Democratic Left Party (DSP) refused to support a joint candidate with the People's Republican Party (CHP) for the local elections in March 2009.

    CHP announced last week Murat Karayalcin, the current chairman of leftist Democrat People's Party (SHP), as the joint candidate of the two parties for Ankara mayor. Karayalcin served as Ankara mayor in 1989-1993.

     

    However Zeki Sezer, the leader of another leftist party -DSP- refused to extend his support to the candidacy of Karayalcin.

     

    "We can only support Karayalcin if he runs in the elections as an independent candidate," Sezer told private broadcaster NTV in an interview on Monday.

     

    Sezer would seek a formula of independent candidates over a local election alliance to ensure unity on the left wing of Turkish politics. He is scheduled to meet Karayalcin on Tuesday.

     

    The lack of unity and confidence in Turkey’s left wing are seen as a major problem in the Turkish politics and one of the main reasons behind the success of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

     

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