Er­do­gan’s ally ig­nites Tur­key snap poll talk

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The main na­tion­al­ist ally of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on Tues­day ramped up ex­pec­ta­tions that elec­tions could be brought for­ward by over a year by urg­ing snap polls in Au­gust.

Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) chief Devlet Bahceli said Tur­key could not wait for the sched­uled date of Novem­ber 3, 2019 to hold si­mul­ta­ne­ous pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions and urged that the polls be held on Au­gust 26.

The gov­ern­ment re­acted san­guinely to the sug­ges­tion, say­ing it would eval­u­ate Bahceli’s call. Er­do­gan is due to hold a crunch meet­ing with Bahceli on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“In this sit­u­a­tion it is not pos­si­ble to wait un­til Novem­ber 3, 2019,” Bahceli said in a tele­vised meet­ing of MHP law­mak­ers in Ankara.

“On Au­gust 26, 2018 the Turk­ish na­tion should go to the bal­lot box in the spirit of mark­ing a new vic­tory,” he added.

Turk­ish pol­i­tics has for the past months fizzed with spec­u­la­tion the elec­tions could be brought for­ward, with an­a­lysts say­ing this would neu­tral­ize the risk of the econ­omy de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in the next months.

It is af­ter these up­com­ing elec­tions that the new ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dency – agreed in a 2017 ref­er­en­dum and de­nounced by the op­po­si­tion as giv­ing the head of state au­thor­i­tar­ian pow­ers – will come into force.

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