Published: Sun, June 24, 2018

Read FP’s Coverage of Sunday’s Elections in Turkey

Read FP’s Coverage of Sunday’s Elections in Turkey

Ince, a former teacher and the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), has proved highly effective on the campaign trail, drawing huge crowds, especially in the big cities.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2018.

"If Erdogan wins, your phones will continue to be listened to".

But the emergence of the energetic Ince as candidate for the Republican People's Party (CHP) and a wide-based opposition alliance have made the elections tighter than many analysts - and likely Erdogan - envisaged.

He painted a bleak picture of Turkey if Erdogan wins the elections, saying its currency would remain weak, prices high and the issue of 3.5 million Syrian refugees unsolved.

"Mr. Muharrem, we are living in a state of law", he said, adding that Ince's statement implied he had understood that he will lose the election. The United Nations say some 160,000 people have been detained and almost as many more, including teachers, judges and soldiers, sacked.

Afghani prayed on Saturday in the central mosque of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Malaysia's Gombak and said President Erdoğan transformed Turkey into one of the leading countries in the world. "We can win, yes we can win".

Ince also repeated his accusation - made by other opposition politicians too - of political bias by Turkey's state media, which has given Erdogan and the AK Party heavy coverage while often neglecting to broadcast opposition rallies.

Polls show Erdogan falling short of a first-round victory in the presidential race but he would be expected to win a run-off on July 8, while his AK Party could lose its parliamentary majority, possibly heralding increased tensions between president and parliament. "Backing the HDP means supporting democracy".

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