Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey's President Erdogan calls snap elections for June

Turkey's President Erdogan calls snap elections for June

Turkey will hold early presidential and legislative elections on June 24, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday.

President Erdogan declared they are going for snap elections after speaking to the head of MHP, Devlet Bahceli, who a day earlier had floated the prospect of early polls. The parliamentary and presidential polls had previously been slated for November 2019.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) which now holds 134 parliamentary seats to the 317 of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), welcomed the announcement. "On June 24, 2018 a new era is starting". "Turkey's Supreme Election Board will also start preparations for the elections as soon as possible", he added.

Turkey's President Erdogan announces snap election in June
Turkey to Hold Snap Elections on June 24

The TRY, meanwhile, extended its gains after Erdogan's announcement.

The BIST-100 benchmark index of the Istanbul stock exchange gained 3.08% to 112,099 on April 18, having been flat until the afternoon election announcement.

"As a result of consultations with Mr. Bahceli, we chose to hold elections on June 24, 2018, a Sunday", said Erdogan.

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The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) backed the motion, while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and People's Democratic Party (HDP) opposed it.

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The European Union, the body for which Turkey seeks membership, has called on the country to end its emergency rule, saying that it has resulted in human rights violations such as torture and arbitrary detention.

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