"Members of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) will run under the banner of Republican People's Party (CHP) in the upcoming elections," CHP chairman Deniz Baykal said on Thursday.
"However, they do not have to resign from their parties," Baykal told reporters after meeting DSP chairman Zeki Sezer at CHP HQ in Ankara.
Baykal said, "we hope that this initiative will integrate us in the future. We do not want to make them (DSP members) a member of the CHP under pressure. We respect their political identities, and thus they can run for the elections from our lists. And we hope to enter the parliament altogether. After entering the parliament, we will work in solidarity to realize same goals although we have separate political identities."
On the other hand, Sezer said that he will not run in the upcoming general elections scheduled for June 22nd.
"I believe that this cooperation will raise people's hopes," he stated.
Sezer noted that a common election campaign will be launched as of today, and added, "this campaign will put a serious government and a bright left alternative before Turkey."
Meanwhile, Baykal expressed sorrow over Sezer's decision not to run, and said, "we will be proud and glad if Mr. Sezer accepts to run on our lists by maintaining his DSP identity."
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