AK Party nominates Erdogan for 2nd term as president

AK Party nominates Erdogan for 2nd term as president

Muharrem Ince, the parliamentary deputy for the north-western province of Yalova, will stand for the Republican People's Party (CHP) in the poll on June 24.

On Tuesday Felicity Party Chairman Temel Karamollaoglu did the same.

"He will be able to ensure a large turnout of the CHP electorate on election day".

Ince twice - in 2014 and 2018 - challenged Kilicdaroglu for the leadership of the CHP but failed to oust the incumbent head.

Turkey will also hold parliamentary election on June 24.

After these elections, constitutional changes to create an executive presidency will come into force after they were approved narrowly in an April 2017 referendum.

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Erdogan has served as president since 2014 - Turkey's first popularly elected president.

His candidature will be formally submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Friday by Yildirim and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Erdogan, who leads the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), would be its candidate as part of an alliance with other political parties including the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

There has been frenetic speculation over who the CHP will nominate, with CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu hinting it would not be him and observers generally at a loss to suggest an obvious name.

"Despite being held a political hostage in a cell, I believe I can fulfil this tough mission", Demirtas said in a message read to the rallies, warning however that the campaign would be "hard and unjust".

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