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İYİ Party’s Akşener moves ahead among opposition’s presidential candidates

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According to the timeline announced by the Supreme Election Board (YSK), all candidates willing to run for president in the July 24 elections need to be registered by May 5. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will race for the title as the joint candidate of the People’s Alliance, composed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

After a week of intense discussions, it has become apparent that the opposition parties failed to compromise over a joint candidate and therefore each of them will run in the elections individually. This means that on June 24, opposition candidates will not only run against Erdoğan but between each other in order to be qualified for the second round of presidential polls. No need to say, if, of course, Erdoğan will fail to garner at least 50 percent plus one vote in the first round.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which has around 25 percent of solid votes in the past parliamentary elections, has not yet announced its candidate. Its leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has long been arguing that........

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