The major candidates who will run in the August presidential election are no longer a mystery, with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announcing — as expected — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate on Tuesday.
While Erdoğan will run for the AK Party, former Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu will run for the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Kurdish lawmaker and politician Selahattin Demirtaş will run for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP).
The ruling AK Party convened on Tuesday for the announcement at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Fair and Congress Center-Congresum hall. Some 4,000 invitees, who included party members and supporters, deputies, ministers, mayors, congress delegates, provincial heads and journalists, attended the event. Guests were required to go through a security check before entering the hall, and a large number of police officers and private security guards were on duty both inside and outside the venue….see more