Prime Minister urges people of Turkey to unite around ruling party

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Speculation rose on Thursday that prominent CHP MP Muharrem Ince would be the party's presidential candidate.

Turkey's ruling party on Thursday confirmed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate to run in snap polls in June, while the main opposition party has yet to make a nomination.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the party's choice of Erdogan at a parliamentary group meeting.

A challenge is also expected to come from nationalist politician Meral Aksener who leads the Iyi Party that split away from Turkey's main nationalist formation after it formed an alliance with Erdogan.

AKP noted that Erdogan's candidacy for the presidency is also supported by the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.

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It will give people the chance to restructure debts and even penalties like traffic fines, and - most eye catchingly - give all pensioners a 1,000 lira ($245) payment before the two biggest religious holidays of the year.

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

On Tuesday Felicity Party Chairman Temel Karamollaoglu did the same.

Thus, in the present Parliament political forces in a separate list in the elections is only the Democratic party of the peoples of living in Turkey of the Kurds.

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