Turkish opposition’s alliance against Erdoğan battles rifts

Coalition with big hopes for next year’s polls struggles not to ‘fall apart’ as cracks surface

So fraught are relations between some Turkish opposition parties, which in theory are united against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that they refuse to even have tea together.

Meral Akşener, leader of the Turkish nationalist İYİ party, said recently that she would “never sit at the same table” as the pro-Kurdish, leftwing People’s Democratic party (HDP). A senior member of the HDP responded that the feeling was mutual — members of the HDP would not even “drink tea in the same teahouse” as Akşener.

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