41Erdogan Becomes Presidential Candidate From Turkish People's Alliance - PM

Four Turkish opposition parties agree election alliance deal

The broadcaster said the centre-left party's members of parliament all voted unanimously for Ince, who has been a member of the legislative house since 2002. Ince is also very well known for his heated rhetoric against Erdogan, which has in recent years gained him a great deal of popularity on social media.

Ince's tough talking has drawn a sharp contrast with the more bookish manners of Kilicdaroglu, who has led the CHP since 2010 but without ever seriously troubling Erdogan.

He has generally been more ready than Kilicdaroglu to adopt a gloves-off approach towards Erdogan, raising the prospect of a fierce political campaign.

Erdogan has served as president since 2014 - Turkey's first popularly elected president.




Eleven political parties will participate in the early parliamentary and presidential election, to be held in Turkey on June 24.

After these elections, constitutional changes to create an executive presidency will come into force after they were approved narrowly in an April 2017 referendum.

The MHP and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party have forged an alliance for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has said he would not run for president.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) will also announce its candidate on Friday, its co-leader Sezai Temelli said, with its ex-chief Selahattin Demirtas in the frame despite being in jail since November 2016.

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