The presidential candidate for Turkey's main opposition on May 5 called for the release of Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), challenging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to "let us race like men" in next month's snap elections. "When we chose our candidate, we only thought about the future of our nation's prosperity and happiness", Yildirim said.
Speaking afterwards, Yildirim touted the election alliance between the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the MHP, calling it the "strongest" partnership for the June 24 elections.
Political parties in Turkey are announcing their candidates for the June 24 presidential election.
Should Erdogan win, he will receive another five-year mandate which would allow him to press on with a transformation of Turkey that began when he first became prime minister in 2003. Ince is one of the most spirited speakers from the opposition in parliament. Explaining his decision, the Turkish President claimed that it would ensure a swift transition to the presidential system of government, which had been chosen by a slight majority of Turks participating in the constitutional referendum on April 16.
He was referring to the leaders of newly-formed Good (IYI) Party, Felicity Party and Patriotic Party who need at least 100,000 signatures in order to run for the presidency.