Erdogan has put forward a candidate in Turkey's presidential elections

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 6, 2018

Addressing a crowd in his hometown Yalova in northwestern Turkey on Saturday, Muharrem Ince said: "I declare here, I am giving instructions to members of the CHP, I request our citizens: go all of you and sing for [Meral] Aksener, [Temel] Karamollaoglu, [Dogu] Perincek and all others who want to be nominated [in the presidential election]". The head of CHP, Kemal kılıçdaroğlu before the start of work to determine the nominees said he was ready to offer his candidacy in case of need, but did not insist on their participation in the elections.

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

"With the alliance, we announce Recep Tayyip Erdogan as our presidential candidate", Yildirim said, referring to the People's Alliance the AK Party formed with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has also endorsed Erdogan.

It will give people the chance to restructure debts and even penalties like traffic fines, and - most eye catchingly - give all pensioners a 1,000 lira ($245) payment before the two biggest religious holidays of the year. Aksener, meanwhile, slammed it as "election bribery".

Political parties in Turkey are announcing their candidates for the June 24 presidential election. The pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) nominated its jailed former leader Selahattin Demirtas. After the elections the country will transition from the parliamentary system to the presidential one.

Should Erdogan win, he will receive another five-year mandate which would allow him to press on with a transformation of Turkey that began when he first became prime minister in 2003.

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