Turkey’s main opposition finally names presidential candidate

Turkey’s main opposition finally names presidential candidate

The Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) named Muharrem Ince as the presidential candidate for the upcoming June 24 elections, Yeni Safak reports.

Last month, the parliament passed a bill calling for early elections on June 24, cementing Turkey’s move to a presidential system.

In the April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switching from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

Under the changes, the number of lawmakers in parliament rises to 600 from 550, presidential and parliamentary elections are held every five years, and presidents can retain ties to their political party. The prime minister post is also abolished.

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