Turkish presidential candidate Muharrem Ince announced his withdrawal from the race


Muharrem Ince, one of the rivals of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has withdrawn from the presidential elections scheduled for May 14th.

Ince who received around 4% of votes at recent polls, announced for his supporters at a press conference his withdrawal from the election race, saying, “I withdraw my candidacy for the elections”.

Ince is one of four candidates at the Turkish presidential elections, along with President Erdogan, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and Sinan Oğan.

Recent opinion poll showed that Erdogan trailed his rival Kılıçdaroğlu by more than 5% ahead.

Ince said that Gülen group faked fabricated sex tapes for him and a number of opposition supporters promoted them, while others said that he got money from Erdogan in order to run and cause damage to the larger opposition coalition, and commented by saying, “I am now withdrawing so that they don’t direct their arrows at me if they lost”.

On the other hand, commenting on Ince’s withdrawal from the race, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was saddened by Ince’s withdrawal, wishing it had been completed to the end.

Erdogan calls Ince’s supporters to join him and not go with the opportunists scammers.

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