Turkish Opposition Gains Momentum Ahead of June Election - Lawmaker

Turkish Opposition Gains Momentum Ahead of June Election - Lawmaker

Turkey's ruling Party justice and development party (AKP) and joined with her in the Alliance, the nationalist movement Party (MHP) handed over to the local High electoral Commission application for nomination of the incumbent President Tayyip Erdogan as a candidate in the presidential election on June 24.

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

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the party's choice of Erdogan - also the AK Party chairman - at a parliamentary group meeting. "When we chose our candidate, we only thought about the future of our nation's prosperity and happiness", Yildirim said.

Last month, parliament passed a bill calling for early elections on June 24, cementing Turkey's move to a presidential system. Erdogan, 64, was first elected president in August 2014.

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The CHP, Good Party, Felicity Party and Democrat Party signed a declaration on Saturday, marking a four-party election alliance called the "nation alliance" to jointly run in the parliamentary elections. Ince is one of the most spirited speakers from the opposition in parliament.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which is strongly hostile to Erdogan, has named charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas as its presidential candidate even though he is now behind bars.

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