News ID: 213383
Published: 0247 GMT April 17, 2018

Turkey's ruling party to discuss call for early election

Turkey's ruling party to discuss call for early election
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party will discuss the possibility of holding Turkey’s presidential election in August, more than a year earlier than planned, the government spokesman said on Tuesday, following a suggestion from its nationalist allies.

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.

   
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