Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) member and former presidential candidate Muharrem İnce has kicked off a new movement, as he also slammed his own party.
İnce said that the “The Country in 1,000 Days Movement” will begin on Sept. 4 in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas.
“Our movement consists of individuals experts in their fields. We’re preparing for ‘victory.’ We’ll act in line with our vision and the people’s wills. The people would finance us just like they did before the presidential elections,” İnce said in a press conference on Aug. 13.
İnce was the CHP’s presidential candidate in the 2018 elections. His stance on the night of the election is still being criticized by the opposition since he was nowhere to be found when people were trying to prevent election fraud. His political career subsequently weakened.
İnce said that the mentor of the movement will be Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s founding father.
“This movement will take science and reason as its basis. The road ahead is tough, but we will overcome difficulties via uniting,” he said.
Upon slamming the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on a number of issues, İnce turned to his own party and criticized the lack of democracy within it.
“Turkey’s problems can neither be solved by a one-man government, nor a one-man opposition. Turkey has alternatives,” he said.
“Our movement is not an opposition movement. Our aim is to show a way out. Turkey needs to make peace, produce and share equally,” İnce added.
According to İnce, the CHP was responsible for the crisis on the night of the elections, as he claimed that he wasn’t provided with sufficient data to make a press statement.
He also refuted accusations that he was close to Erdoğan and that his aim was to divide the CHP.