Key Turkish politician rejoins alliance against Erdogan
A key opposition party rejoined Turkey's six-party alliance on Monday after a compromise was found over the nomination of a joint candidate to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in elections scheduled for May.
Meral Aksener, who leads the nationalist Iyi Party, broke away from the alliance on Friday, rejecting the likely selection of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP.
Aksener's split from the alliance — less than three months before the presidential and parliamentary elections — was seen as a major boost for Erdogan, whose popularity has suffered amid a weak economy as well as his government's response to a devastating earthquake last month.
Her departure left the grouping in disarray and frustrated millions of their supporters hoping for a change after two decades under Erdogan's rule.
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