Turkey ruling party names Erdogan as presidential candidate

Alicia Farmer
May 3, 2018

Speculation rose on Thursday that prominent CHP MP Muharrem Ince would be the party's presidential candidate.

Thus, opponents of President Recep Tayyip erdoğan consolidate his forces on the eve of early elections in Turkey on June 24.

In a bid to challenge Erdogan and his alliance, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is set to announce a four-party alliance of its own with the newest Iyi (Good) Party and smaller Democrat and Saadet (Felicity) Parties.

A formal announcement by the CHP on its candidate is expected on Friday morning.

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Tezcan claimed the package had been stolen from the CHP's 2015 election manifesto and urged voters not to be seduced. After the election the country transitions from the parliamentary system to the presidential one. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.

Registration for presidential candidates opened on Tuesday and they have until Saturday to give their names to the Central Election Commission (YSK).

Turkey will hold snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24. On May 1 Vatan (Fatherland) party has officially nominated its leader Dogu Perincek's candidacy for the president.

The AK Party was the first to unveil its candidate for presidency, namely party Chairman Erdogan, seeking a second term.

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