The President of Turkey announces the date of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
The President of Turkey has declared May 14 as the date of the country’s next parliamentary and presidential elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who plans to run for re-election, made the announcement during a youth conference on Saturday in the northwestern province of Bursa. A video of the event was released on Sunday.
“I thank God that we are destined to share our path with you, our precious young people, who will be voting for the first time in the elections to be held on June 3. May 14,” said Mr. Erdogan, who alluded to the date last week.
He said in Bursa that he would make an official call on March 10, after which the Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey would prepare for the elections.
If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, a second round of voting will be held on May 28.
The opposition has not named the candidate yet
Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003 – first as prime minister, then as president since 2014 – faces the biggest test of his two decades as he assumes control of the region’s military power. , NATO members and emerging large market economies.
The coalition of six opposition parties has yet to propose a presidential candidate. A pro-Kurdish party the third-largest in parliament has so far been dropped from the coalition and has said it may present its own candidate.
The opposition has blamed Turkey’s economic downturn and erosion on civil rights and liberties on Mr. Erdogan, 68, saying the revised system of government led to “the rule of person”.
In 2018, Erdogan introduced a system of governance that abolished the prime minister’s office and concentrated most of the power in the hands of the president. Before that, the office of the president was largely a ceremonial post. Under the new system, presidential and parliamentary elections are held on the same day.
Presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on June 18, but Erdogan had earlier signaled that the vote could go ahead. One of his AK Party officials previously said that the election in June would coincide with the summer break when people travel.