President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed on June 9 that he plans to stand for reelection next year.
Erdoğan, 68, made the announcement during a speech in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, where he challenged the main opposition party’s leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, to announce the candidate who would challenge him on behalf of an alliance of opposition parties.
”(Recep) Tayyip Erdoğan is the candidate of the People’s Alliance,” Erdoğan said, referring to the between his Justice and Development Party and MHP. “If you have the courage, declare your candidacy or the candidate of the alliance.”
Erdoğan has led the country for almost 20 years, first as prime minister and then as president.
The alliance of opposition parties has yet to announce its presidential candidate, although Kılıçdaroğlu and the mayors of Ankara and Istanbul are viewed as top contenders.
Hurriyet Daily News