The chances of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu remaining as leader and chairman of the party look a lot stronger Tuesday as 78 out of 81 CHP provincial chairmen declared their support for him ahead of a meeting of party members on September 5 and 6 during which a new leader will be elected. 

The only three provinces that did not pledge support for Kilicdaroglu are the provinces of Duzce, Yalova and Isparta.

On Monday Yalova MP, Muharrem Ince announced that he would challenge Kilicdaroglu for the leadership of the party, founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.

On Friday, Kilicdaroglu agreed to hold the congress after he was challenged by several of the party's lawmakers following a disappointing result in the presidential elections earlier this month when the opposition joint candidate  Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, came second but with a lower than expected number of votes.

"We support Kilicdaroglu's struggle for freedom, democracy, universal law, human rights and peace," the joint declaration said. 

Meanwhile, Kilicdaroglu wrote on his official Twitter account on Tuesday; "The congress decision that CHP took, aims at reconciliation for party, not a dissolution." 

The foreign branches of the party pledged their support to Kilicdaroglu in a joint statement issued on Tuesday. 

To stand against Kilicdaroglu, Ince must secure the support of at least 10 percent of congress delegates. To become chairman, he must win an absolute majority.