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CHP deputy says party will field candidate that will make Erdoğan ‘the craziest’

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Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group chairman Özgür Özel has said his party will nominate a presidential candidate that will make President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “the craziest.”

Turkey will hold snap presidential and general elections on June 24, a year and a half earlier than originally scheduled.

Speaking at a news conference in Parliament on Thursday, Özel said, “We will announce a candidate who will make him [Erdoğan] the craziest at the craziest time and in the craziest way.”

Özel said his party would field a candidate not in line with what Erdoğan wants.

The ruling Justice and Development’s Party’s (AKP) presidential candidate is the incumbent President Erdoğan. The İYİ Party has recently named the party’s chairwoman Meral Akşener to represent it in the election, while the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has nominated Selahattin Demirtaş, the party’s former co-chairperson who is currently in jail, as its presidential candidate.

The CHP has not yet announced who the party’s candidate will be.

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