Ince speaks out about Kilicdaroglu’s visit
Muharrem Ince, the leader of the Homeland Party and one of the four presidential candidates, has announced that he was not offered any alliance proposal during a recent meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the opposition’s joint candidate. In a statement on Twitter, Ince stated that no negotiation mechanism was created for cooperation ahead of the election.
Journalist Erdogan Aktas from TV100 on Thursday claimed that Ince had requested two ministerial positions and five parliamentary seats from Kilicdaroglu, who offered him in return the ministry of education and three parliamentary seats during their meetings on Wednesday. However, Ince refuted these claims and provided a detailed account of the meeting.
He pointed out that Kilicdaroglu had visited the National Path Party and the Independent Turkey Party on March 17 and the People's Democratic Party (HDP) on March 20, but had only visited the Homeland Party on March 29, just 24 hours before the deadline for presidential candidates was announced. According to Ince, there was no natural formation of a negotiation mechanism during the remaining 24 hours before the announcement, nor was there a desire to create one.
Ince also criticized the media for spreading false news and stated that "publicly lynching, intimidating, labelling, discrediting, and forcing political parties to kneel down cannot be a negotiation method." He went on to say that in modern democracies, relations between political parties progress through institutionalized talks between parties. Any other approach would represent a despotic and coercive mindset that refuses to establish civilized relations.