Head of opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) Ali Babacan on Wednesday announced that his party would run on its own in the next general elections in 2023, Gazete Duvar reported.
In a press statement, DEVA leader Babacan said that the opposition party would stand alone for the upcoming elections.
Babacan’s DEVA is part of the Nation Alliance led by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
“The Democracy and Progress Party has decided to use its own logo and name to run for the upcoming elections,” Babacan said in a tweet.
Babacan maintained that his party would continue to stick to all the principles agreed upon by the six-party opposition alliance, Gazete Duvar reported.
In February, leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey signed a joint declaration outlining their plan to restore parliamentary system and strip the powers of the president if they win 2023 elections.
Babacan also said that his party would champion a joint presidential candidate.
“The joint presidential candidate will be important to ensure success in the elections. If an agreement cannot be reached, other options can also be considered. Our plan A is to nominate a joint candidate by other five parties of the Nation Alliance and enter the elections with a single candidate. This is our plan A,” he told Gazete Duvar.