Early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held June 24
ANKARA, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti, Alain Palazhchenko. Early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held on 24 June 2018, said on Wednesday the country’s President Tayyip Erdogan following the meeting with the head of the opposition nationalist national movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli.
“Bahceli yesterday in Parliament proposed to postpone the election at an early date. We discussed the proposal. We agreed on the need for early elections. This decision is made, the election is scheduled for June 24, 2018. The Supreme electoral Commission will immediately begin their training,” said Erdogan to the journalists.
He argued in favor of early elections by the need for a speedy transition to a presidential system.
On Tuesday, Bahceli, speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary faction of the MDP, said that because the presidential system is not well established, Turkey could not wait for the next elections on 3 November 2019. According to him, the MHP will defend the need for early elections on 26 August 2018.
Regular elections of the President and the Parliament in Turkey was previously scheduled for November 3, 2019, after which was to come into force on a presidential system, adopted by referendum in April 2017. Earlier, representatives of the ruling justice and development party (AKP) has denied reports that the elections be held ahead of schedule.