Muharrem İnce, the Chairman of the Homeland Party and a presidential candidate in Turkey, announced on Sunday that he was withdrawing from the race. Ince cited recent events and a desire to put his country first as reasons for his decision. Ince had tried to offer Turkey a third option and establish a channel, but was not successful. His decision made an impact in the world media in a short time.
Greek Etnos reported that Ince received only two percent support in latest polls, which also included conspiracy allegations against Ince. To Vima newspaper also reported his candidacy retirement, mentioning Ince’s heavy criticism and conspiracies he faced as the reasons why.
Al Jazeera reported that Ince withdrew from the presidential race “in the front row” just days before the election. Middle East Eye stated that Ince was not a real contender and had received two percent of the polls.
Al Monitor reported that Ince’s withdrawal from the race was a shock to many. Monitor also included Ince’s criticisms of the opposition, noting that he did not officially support any candidate. Agence France-Presse (AFP) commented that Muharrem İnce broke the opposition alliance in its news titled “Turkish candidate abandoned the presidential race” and argued that the withdrawal increased the possibility of the election ending in the first round.
BBC reported that President Erdogan’s main rival would benefit from Ince’s decision to withdraw, and that the withdrawal increases the probability of the election ending in the first round. CNN International used the headline ‘Turkish presidential candidate withdraws for possible support to Erdogan’s rival’ on its first page.
Ince’s decision to withdraw from the presidential race had a significant impact on the world media and has changed the dynamic of the upcoming election.