Prominent Turkish opposition figure announces new political movement

Muharrem İnce, a senior figure in Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the party's 2018 presidential candidate, announced the establishment of a new political movement on Thursday, the Sözcü daily reported.

"We offer a new option for Turkey. The movement I started today is called the Homeland Movement in 1,000 Days. This movement will get its strength, direction and financing from the nation," İnce said during a press conference.

He said the movement will officially start work on Sept. 4, marking the anniversary of the Sivas Congress, a milestone in the independence of the Turkish Republic.

İnce has been in the spotlight this month thanks to several reports in the Turkish media, which claimed he was looking to form a breakaway opposition party after being sidelined by the CHP's leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in last month’s party congress.

"Neither the current one-man regime nor the one-man opposition can solve Turkey's problems. Turkey is not without options, it is not doomed to the palace regime," İnce said.

İnce received over 31 percent of the vote in 2018's presidential elections, managed to animate and mobilise crowds in ways no opposition candidate has been able to do since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ascended to power. He lost to Erdoğan but accomplished a first for the CHP in 41 years by surpassing 30 percent.