Türkiye: Muharram Ince refuses to withdraw from the presidential elections
After meeting between the head of the Türkiye’s biggest opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and presidential candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, with the other Turkish opposition presidential candidate, the leader of the Turkish Homeland Party, Muharram Ince, who announced his refusal to withdraw from the electoral race.
Ince received Kılıçdaroğlu on Wednesday, said in a press conference: “There can be alliances in politics, but these alliances shouldn’t be based on interests”.
Ince announced a few days ago that he had collected the 100,000 signatures required to formally run for the upcoming presidential elections in the country.
Ince criticized Kılıçdaroğlu’s candidacy for the presidential elections in the name of the opposition, after there were differences between the two men that prompted Ince to leave the Republican People’s Party after he aspired to lead it.
Kılıçdaroğlu organized a support visit for the political parties after announcing his presidential candidate.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the opposition would suffer a crushing defeat and the people would make the right choice.
The general and presidential elections are scheduled to be held on May 14.
New polls show opposition candidate Kılıçdaroğlu leading Erdogan by more than 10% ahead of the May 14 elections.
An opinion poll done by the Aksoy Research, conducted on March 8, also showed that Kılıçdaroğlu leads Erdogan by 55.6% and 44.4%, respectively.