Turkish main opposition urges support for other parties

06 May, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • First polls in Turkey- Erdogan close to victory but still unsure

Turkey's main opposition party on Friday nominated Muharrem Ince, a firebrand member of parliament, as its candidate for the snap presidential elections set for June 24.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party officially nominated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a second term on Thursday.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli filed the candidacy with the Supreme Board of Elections at 11.00 a.m. "When we chose our candidate, we only thought about the future of our nation's prosperity and happiness", Yildirim said.

He ran as the sole challenger for party leadership against Kilicdaroglu in the last two CHP party elections.


At a Republican People's PartY (CHP) conference at a sports arena in the capital, Ankara, party chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced Ince as the candidate, to roaring applause from attendees.

Erdoğan said the vote, originally scheduled for November 2019, was moved up to accelerate Turkey's change from a primarily parliament system to one giving the president more executive authority.

AKP became the first party to name a candidate for the Turkish presidency.

The CHP, Good Party, Felicity Party and Democrat Party signed a declaration on Saturday, marking a four-party election alliance called the "nation alliance" to jointly run in the parliamentary elections. Erdogan, 64, was first elected president in August 2014.

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