Opposition presidential candidate denies rumours of election night abduction

The presidential candidate for Turkey’s main Republican People’s Party (CHP) Muharrem İnce took to Twitter on Monday to deny rumours of his abduction on the night of Turkey’s June 24 elections, which were triggered by his disappearance following the polls.

Thousands of Turkish voters took to social media to question the silence and whereabouts of opposition leaders, namely İnce, who failed to appear on television or release a statement following Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s re-election on the night of June 24. Recently, rumours began to circulate online that the CHP candidate was abducted with a columnist from Türkiye newspaper even confirming the news. 

İnce, who has been attacked by Turkey's top secular columnists for his loss, also dismissed allegations that he was threatened and he was set to build schools and dormitories with the donations he received during his presidential campaign.

‘'I was not abducted from the location where I was following the election results,’’ İnce, who ran a spirited campaign in the run up to the polls but came in second place after Erdoğan, said.

‘My wife was not abducted, either. I chose to postpone my statement to noon on Monday and I spoke at 12 o’clock [the next day] from the CHP headquarters,’’ the former physics teacher said.  

İnce has stated that he will be continuing with the CHP and plans to run in the next presidential elections.