Erdoğan rejects CHP candidate’s call for live TV debate

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected a challenge made by main opposition CHP’s presidential candidate Muharrem İnce for a live debate on television.

“He will [try to] get ratings thanks to us,” the president said, adding that he would not give İnce the time of day.

The CHP’s presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Erdoğan to a live television debate. Erdoğan merely accepted a visit offer and met with İnce at the ruling Justice and Development Party headquarters last month.

İnce repeated his call for a debate on June 17.

“He says I want to get ratings, but even the weather forecasts are watched more than his interviews,” İnce said during an election campaign rally in the eastern province of Tunceli, referring to TV ratings.

“I’m making my call once again: Let’s talk about the future of our children and let’s talk about education,” the CHP candidate said, adding that he would “tell Erdoğan about the real state of the economy in the country” if they sit down for a debate.

For more – Hürriyet Daily

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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