A candidate for president of Turkey interrupted his campaign days before the election for a sex tape

Muharrem Ince gives a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File (UMIT BEKTAS/)

Muharrem Inceone of the four candidates in the presidential election that Türkiye celebrate this sunday suspended this thursday his campaign events after spreading that he has allegedly been the victim of an attempted blackmail with a video of sexual content.

The candidate, to whom the polls give a maximum of 6% of electoral support, and that he was treated in a hospital when he felt “unwell”, he has assured on social networks and the media that everything is a mounting.

The existence of this alleged video has been revealed by Ali Yesildagmember of a mafia clan, who has linked the country’s own president, the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdoganwith the scandal.

“I didn’t want to hit low blows, but now everything is allowed. Tomorrow (yesterday) I will broadcast a part of a sex tape of Muharrem Ince, who works for brother Tayyip (Erdogan). Keep children away from the screen, ”he announced on Twitter.

Muharrem İnce, candidate for the Turkish presidential elections (Reuters)
Muharrem İnce, candidate for the Turkish presidential elections (Reuters) (REUTERS /)

Yesildag has indicated that he had asked Erdogan to help him with his problems with the law and that, given his refusal, he has decided to reveal “dirty laundry” that affects the Government or its political allies.

In these messages, he implies that Ince has presented himself to the elections to scratch votes to the social democrat CHPhis old party and with which he was a presidential candidate in 2018, and thus facilitate the victory of Erdogan, who is running for re-election.

The polls predict that Erdogan will lose this Sunday’s elections against Kemal Kilicdarogluleader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and candidate of a six-party opposition bloc, although it is likely that I did not achieve the absolute majority that would avoid a second round two weeks.

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Kiliçdaroglu today invited Ince to return to his old party and denounced the “blackmail and dirty montage” of the alleged video.

Ince himself has assured that he will not be humiliated and has announced that he will give a press conference today in which he will offer explanations.

A withdrawal of Ince from the electoral race would improve the expectations of the opposition to end Erdogan’s 21 years in power.

(With information from EFE)

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