Turkish party names Recep Tayyip Erdogan as presidential candidate

Turkish main opposition to announce candidate on May 4

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party officially nominated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a second term on Thursday.

"Some people may look for their presidential candidates by microscope, but we have already decided on our candidate. When we chose our candidate, we only thought about the future of our nation's prosperity and happiness", Yildirim said.

His candidature will be formally submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Friday by Yildirim and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

Three parties in the bloc are fielding their own candidates for the presidential election.

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Last month, Erdoğan moved up the presidential and parliamentary elections to more than a year early. Explaining his decision, the Turkish President claimed that it would ensure a swift transition to the presidential system of government, which had been chosen by a slight majority of Turks participating in the constitutional referendum on April 16.

The AKP and the MHP have also reportedly agreed on the protocol to be implemented under the "People's Alliance".

Notably absent from the alliance is Turkey's third largest party, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, which will also announce its presidential candidate today.

The CHP, Good Party, Felicity Party and Democrat Party signed a declaration on Saturday, marking a four-party election alliance called the "nation alliance" to jointly run in the parliamentary elections.

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