AK Party nominates Erdogan for 2nd term as president

Turkish police officers arrest a protester attempting to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul on Tuesday. — AFP

Turkish police officers arrest a protester attempting to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul on Tuesday. — AFP

"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. "I will be an unbiased president".

Yet Ince's greatest political assets are his rhetorical skills and impassioned speeches which have made him a favourite with the CHP faithful in recent years.

On Tuesday Felicity Party Chairman Temel Karamollaoglu did the same.

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. Erdogan, 64, was first elected president in August 2014.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said lawmakers of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, agreed to back Erdogan during a meeting on Thursday.

Turkey's two largest opposition parties will today announce their candidates for the historic June 24 presidential election.

After these elections, constitutional changes to create an executive presidency will come into force after they were approved narrowly in an April 2017 referendum. Leader of the Turkish Good party Meral Aksener has officially submitted an application to the Supreme Election Council on May 2 for the registration of her candidacy in the Turkish presidential election, Hurriyet reports.

Tezcan added his party was prepared for the elections.

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