Ex-presidential candidate has formed a new party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
ALEDEH News reports that Muharrem Ince, who was the top challenger of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the 2018 election, announced the formation of a new party, Memleket Partisi (Homeland Party), on Monday.
The development comes months after he dumped Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) where he contested in the last national poll and garnered 30.6 percent of the vote against Erdogan’s 52.6 percent.
Ince had cited policy differences in February and four other legislators also left the opposition party with him to join his new party.
He formally applied to the Interior Ministry to establish the Memleket Partisi (Homeland Party) and was immediately made the party’s chairman.
Ince, a staunch critic of Erdogan’s administration, said “we are going to transform, change Turkey.”
“The current authorities cannot be trusted to offer a single solution to our country’s problems,” he told his supporters during an outdoor rally in the capital, Ankara.
General elections are expected to hold in Turkey in 2023.