Erdogan: We will have elections on June 24

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An unpredictable move was made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, announcing early elections on June 24th.

Erdogan announced his decision after a two-hour meeting with his party's organs and a half-hour meeting with Nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli. 

He justifies this move and the reasons why he accepted the proposal of Mr. Bahceli, with whom they have decided to cooperate in the upcoming presidential elections with a common candidate, Mr. Erdogan himself.


Bahceli had called for early elections on August 26. On the other hand, the ruling party stated that it does not want early elections and this is the beginning of the party, said government officials and the President himself.

However, at 4 pm on Wednesday, Tayyip Erdogan announced the elections. He said in a statement that his party, despite the fact that after last year's referendum, the new presidential system could not be fully implemented until the 2019 elections, with the result that the current administration is dysfunctional, was convinced that the mandate of the people must be exhausted. .

However, Mr. Bahceli's proposal, as Mr. Erdogan stressed, found them in agreement, as the developments in Syria and the wider region are under pressure and the economy requires important decisions, it seems logical and for the benefit of the country. Thus, the acceleration of the elections was adopted on the shortest possible date allowed by the legislation.

This means that the implementing laws of the new presidential system, which have not yet been completed, must pass through Parliament quickly. Lawyers point out that some laws may not be passed by the Parliament that will emerge from the June elections.

Everything is ready for the elections

The Turkish Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) has completed all preparations for the June 24th snap elections announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is awaiting parliamentary approval, the council president said.

YSK President Sandy Guven said the council would consider eligibility and determine in the coming days which parties could run in the election.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the nationalist MHP will present a proposal for early parliamentary elections later today.

Three-month extension of the state of emergency

The Turkish parliament approved the extension for another three months of the state of emergency which came into force shortly after the 2016 coup attempt.

The elections will be held with the country under the force of this measure.

The opposition Republican People's Party had earlier called for an immediate end to the state of emergency imposed after the 2016 coup attempt.

"The state of emergency must be lifted immediately. No elections can be held under the state of emergency. "The state of emergency must end in the country starting today," said CHP spokesman Bulent Tezcan.