Jun 03 2018

I’ve got polling results that would make Erdoğan lose sleep - opposition candidate

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Presidential candidate Muharrem İnce on Sunday said that the latest election survey results he has would be cause for concern for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of the snap presidential and parliamentary elections slated for June 24, independent news site Diken reported.

Erdoğan is looking to retain his seat in the upcoming elections, which will usher in a new executive presidential system narrowly approved in last years referendum and is set to grant increased powers to the president.

‘’I’ll say this much, Erdoğan will be unable to sleep,’’ the presidential hopeful said.

Current polls indicate that Erdoğan is well below the 50 percent support needed to secure an easy win in the presidential election. If no candidate receives at least half the support of Turkey’s electorate, the election will go into a second round.

İnce, while speaking in İstanbul’s Kağıthane district during his campaign trail also criticized a general for applauding Erdoğan while he took jabs at the CHP leader.

‘’Erdoğan will retire on June 24,’’ İnce said. ‘’And I’m going to remove your epaulettes so that you can serve under his command.’’

If İnce scores a victory at the ballots, he will face the double challenge of taking over a 16-year administration under the helm of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) while also tackling an imminent economic crisis.