0952 GMT July 19, 2018
The government had repeatedly dismissed the prospect of an early election. Erdogan last year narrowly won a referendum to change the Constitution and create an executive presidency. However, those extended powers are not due to take effect until after presidential polls, now slated for November 2019, Reuters reported.
“The party’s official institutions will make an evaluation and a statement will be made afterwards,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, the government’s spokesman, told reporters.
The leader of the small MHP nationalist party, currently in opposition but expected to form an alliance with Erdogan’s AK Party in parliamentary polls, also slated for November 2019, had said it would be difficult for the country to “endure current circumstances” until then. He pointed to risks to Turkey including the economy and possible increases in migration into the country.
Erdogan said he would meet MHP leader Devlet Bahceli today. Erdogan also said that the constitutional change would be fully implemented with the November 2019 elections – possibly hinting that early polls were not on the cards.