Turkish party names Recep Tayyip Erdogan as presidential candidate

First polls in Turkey- Erdogan close to victory but still unsure
Turkish ruling party officially nominates Erdogan as presidential candidate

05 May, 2018

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.

Parliament passed a bill calling for early presidential and parliamentary elections on April 20, cementing Turkey's move to a presidential system.

A pro-Kurdish party, whose former leader and several top lawmakers are in jail fighting terror charges, was kept out of the alliance. On May 2 it is expected that Saadet (Happiness) party will officially apply to the Supreme Election Council to nominate its leader Temel Karamollaoglu's candidacy.

Ince said Erdogan's new presidential palace, which opened in 2014 to sneers from the opposition, should be handed over to the youth and made a "home for science".

AKP spokesman Mahir Unal later on Thursday told reporters that the ultra-nationalist Great Union Party (BBP) would also join the AKP-MHP alliance.

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The secularist CHP, which is the main opposition party, has never won an election against Erdogan in his decade and a half in power.

He is a veteran of Turkish politics who has been a member of parliament since 2002 and has twice stood for leadership of his party.

In a rally in the capital Ankara, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu formally announced the CHP's choice of Ince as their presidential hopeful.

"Some people may look for their presidential candidates by microscope, but we have already decided on our candidate".

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