Turkish opposition former presidential candidate determined to run again

Muharrem İnce, the candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 2018 presidential election, said on Wednesday that there would be a snap presidential election and he would run again, Diken news site reported.

The next presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for 2023, but İnce expects a snap election. "The election may be in November next year. I see it probable,” Diken quoted Ince as saying during a televised interview.

When asked about whether he will run as the opposition’s candidate in the next election, "Do you doubt it?" he replied.

The CHP candidate received over 31 percent of the vote in the June 24 presidential elections, losing to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but accomplishing a first for Turkey's oldest party in 41 years by surpassing 30 percent. Ince was able to galvanise support beyond CHP’s voter base, something that previous leaders in the CHP have not been able to do.