President Erdoğan accepts visit, rejects TV debate with CHP candidate İnce

President Erdoğan accepts visit, rejects TV debate with CHP candidate İnce

ANKARA
President Erdoğan accepts visit, rejects TV debate with CHP candidate İnce

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 7 accepted a visit offer made by opposition presidential candidate Muharrem İnce, while rejecting his offer to debate on TV.

“I certainly do not want to go to a debate on TV, because we do not want anyone to make a premium. But I can accept his visit [at the ruling Justice and Development Party] building, because acceptance there is a different event. I as a party leader think this would be more correct. We will respond to this offer soon and we will accept them at our party,” Erdoğan said in a press conference in Ankara.

İnce had said on May 6 that he would ask for appointments from other presidential candidates.

“I will ask for an appointment tomorrow [May 7] to meet all the candidates and wish them success. I will talk to whoever makes an appointment. I will visit Mr. Erdoğan if he gives an appointment. If he calls me to presidential palace, I will go there. If he does not, he knows himself. I will also visit Selahattin Demirtaş in Edirne,” he said, referring to the jailed leader of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

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