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Turkish ruling party officially nominates Erdogan as presidential candidate

04 May, 2018, 14:52 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and three other opposition parties have reached a deal on an alliance for snap parliamentary elections on 24 June, a CHP official said on Wednesday.

Speaking at his party's headquarters in Ankara on Tuesday, CHP spokesman Bulent Tezcan invited all citizens to hear the announcement of the party's candidate, which is expected to be made on Friday at the Ahmet Taner Kislali Gym in the capital. "For eighty million people (Turkey's population)".

"I will be everyone's president, a non-partisan president".

The candidacy of Ince, a former physics teacher and MP since 2002, was approved at a meeting of CHP MPs where all 110 of its lawmakers voted for him to stand.

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.

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He is seen as a candidate who can match the harsh rhetoric often used by Erdogan, while also drawing in more conservative and right-wing voters, beyond the CHP's base of secular, Western-oriented Turks.

Ince twice - in 2014 and 2018 - challenged Kilicdaroglu for the leadership of the CHP but failed to oust the incumbent head. Ince has generally been more ready than Kilicdaroglu to adopt a gloves-off approach towards Erdogan, raising the prospect of a fierce political campaign.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli went to the Supreme Election Board on Friday to register Erdogan as their joint candidate.

The elections will mark Turkey's transition to a presidency with new sweeping executive powers, agreed under a narrowly approved referendum a year ago. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.

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