SIX CANDIDATES TO RUN FOR PRESIDENCY
Turkey's Supreme Election Board has released an unofficial candidates list for the June 24 presidential elections. According to the list six, candidates will run for the presidency: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Muharrem Ince, Meral Aksener, Selahattin Demirtas, Temel Karamollaoglu and Dogu Perincek.
This April, parliament passed a bill for early elections on June 24, potentially accelerating Turkey’s shift to a presidential system. In an
April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party are set to enter the June 24 parliamentary and presidential polls as an election alliance. The alliance is backing Erdogan, who is seeking his second term as president. Erdogan has served as president since 2014. Before that, he served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014.
In a rally in the capital Ankara, the main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu formally announced its choice of Muharrem Ince as presidential candidate.
The opposition IYI (Good) Party has circulated a petition to make party leader Meral Aksener their candidate. Aksener surpassed 100,000 signatures to qualify as a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. On April 22, fifteen deputies from the CHP resigned to join the
IYI Party to make it eligible to form a group in parliament.
The opposition Felicity (Saadet) Party declared its chairman, Temel Karamollaoglu, as their presidential candidate. Karamollaoglu also surpassed the required 100,000 signatures.
The opposition People's Democratic Party (HDP) named jailed ex-chairman, Selahattin Demirtas, as its presidential candidate. In November 2016 Demirtas, together with 12 HDP lawmakers, were arrested on terror-related charges. Demirtas remains in custody pending trial.
Lastly, Dogu Perincek - chairman for Vatan Party - surpassed 100,000 votes to become eligible for the presidential ballot.