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İYİ Party’s Akşener declines to confirm candidacy for leadership post

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İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener held a press conference on Monday at party headquarters during which she declined to give a clear indication of her candidacy for the chairmanship post, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.

“That our party couldn’t fulfil its objectives was a disappointment for me. If responsibility comes out of that disappointment, that responsibility is mine,” Akşener told reporters before the party’s executive board meeting.

“After August 12, we will work on local elections and immediately prepare our nominee list,” she added.

Turkey will hold local elections in March 2019.

Akşener also said that garnering 5 million votes in the general election despite obstacles posed by the government to the establishment of the party was a success story that would be taught at schools.

Akşener decided to step down from her post as chairwoman after presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 and proposed an emergency convention to elect new party management.

Top party officials, however, announced that they would nominate Akşener for the post again.

A group of İYİ Party supporters also gathered in front of Akşener’s house in İstanbul to convince her to stay.

On Sunday, Akşener appeared outside of her house and told supporters that she would attend the executive board meeting at party headquarters in Ankara.

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