Early elections announced
Erdogan wants to save himself in his third term
His re-election is not considered certain: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now wants to bring the election date forward. Meanwhile, the question of whether he should even be allowed to run for a third term is causing debate.
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If Erdogan has his way, the elections should take place on May 14th.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (68) has announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections planned for June will be brought forward to May 14th. He thanks God that he will contest the election, which will take place on May 14, with the first-time voters as companions, Erdogan said on Sunday evening at a meeting with young voters in western Turkey’s Bursa, according to the state news agency Anadolu.
Erdogan had already brought May 14 as the election date into play on Wednesday. The elections are seen as a test for Erdogan, who has been in power for 20 years: he was elected prime minister in 2003 and has been president since 2014. According to polls, Erdogan’s re-election is anything but certain.
Opposition resists candidacy
Early elections can be ordered either with 60 percent of the deputies’ votes in Parliament or by decree by the President. In parliament, Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-conservative AKP, together with its ultra-nationalist partner MHP, currently only has a simple majority. With his statement, Erdogan now made it clear that he is aiming to bring the election forward on his own.
Erdogan is likely to further fuel a discussion about his renewed candidacy: The opposition argues that Erdogan – who was elected president for the first time in 2014 and for the second time in 2018 – is not allowed to run for a third time according to the constitution. A third candidacy is only envisaged if Parliament forces early elections.
According to the government, nothing stands in the way of Erdogan’s candidacy. She counters that Erdogan was elected the first president in a new presidential system in 2018 after a constitutional amendment. So his previous tenure doesn’t count. Constitutionalists are also divided on the issue. (SDA)