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President Erdogan to visit opposition party headquarters for first time in nearly two decades

Opposition leader Ozel visits President Erdogan in Ankara, Türkiye, 2 May, 2024. (Anadolu Images)
By Newsroom
June 10, 2024

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is poised to embark on a significant diplomatic gesture on Tuesday as he prepares to visit the headquarters of Türkiye’s main opposition party CHP, marking his first such visit in 18 years.

Erdogan’s forthcoming presence at the CHP headquarters underscores a notable shift in political dynamics, symbolizing a potential thaw in relations between his ruling AK Party and the opposition.

The impending visit follows a series of diplomatic exchanges initiated by Erdogan and CHP leader Ozel, aimed at fostering a climate of reconciliation and cooperation between their respective parties.

Notably, Erdogan’s decision to extend a pardon to seven generals convicted in connection with the 1997 ‘postmodern coup’ stands as a tangible outcome of their initial meeting. Ozel welcomed this gesture as a “long overdue but correct step,” signaling a willingness to engage in dialogue and move towards a more conciliatory approach to governance.

Accompanied by CHP Istanbul Deputy Namik Tan and AK Party Deputy Chairman Mustafa Elitas, Erdogan and Ozel are set to engage in discussions on a range of pressing issues.

While Erdogan is expected to focus on the AK Party’s agenda for drafting a new constitution, Ozel intends to raise concerns regarding economic policies and recent government actions, such as the appointment of trustees in Hakkari.

The upcoming meeting between Erdogan and Ozel represents a crucial opportunity for both parties to address key challenges facing the nation and chart a path toward greater political stability and consensus-building.

As Türkiye navigates a complex political landscape, characterized by deep-seated divisions and heightened tensions, the significance of this dialogue cannot be overstated.

By Newsroom Last Updated:  Jun 10, 2024 9:36 PM