Muharrem İnce, the Chairman of the Country Party, has withdrawn his presidential candidacy just three days before the election on May 14. The petition for his withdrawal was submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) by Yavuz Kayhan Yüreğir, the Deputy Chairman for Election Affairs of the Country Party. Yüreğir explained that İnce had already made all the necessary statements that were submitted to the board in the form of a petition. The voters and the Supreme Election Board will now assess the situation. Ince stated that he was doing this for his hometown and that he had offered a third option to Turkey but was unsuccessful in opening a channel.
Despite İnce’s withdrawal, the votes cast for him will still be valid. As of May 9, overseas voting will end, and on the ballots to be used on May 14, İnce’s name and photograph will still be included. No new ballots will be printed, and the votes he receives will be considered valid.
In other news, the General Directorate of Security has detected 13 accounts that made provocative posts and carried out disinformation activities regarding Homeland Party Chairman Muharrem İnce. The election is just a few days away, and the situation in Turkey remains tense.