Turkey opposition names fiery lawmaker as Erdogan challenger

Turkish opposition parties to sign four-way election alliance

His candidature will be formally submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Friday by Yildirim and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli. The deal creates a broad coalition against President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling alliance.

All 316 members of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, voted to nominate Erdoğan for the presidency - giving him the support of the country's ruling party and the Nationalist Movement Party.

Meanwhile, opposition groups are expected to align before the June 24 election to challenge the dominance of Erdoğan's party.

He had famously vowed to sell off Erdogan's enormous presidential palace opened in 2014 should he be elected.

The secularist CHP, which is the main opposition party, has never won an election against Erdogan in his decade and a half in power.

At a Republican People's PartY (CHP) conference at a sports arena in the capital, Ankara, party chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced Ince as the candidate, to roaring applause from attendees.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which is also strongly hostile to Erdogan, has named charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas as its presidential candidate even though he is now behind bars and on trial.

Ince gave no indication that he would be the candidate but according to state news agency Anadolu, his CHP colleague Ilhan Kesici said he had already called Ince to congratulate him on being chosen.

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