Turkey snap elections set for 24 June

Turkey snap elections set for 24 June

"The country needs to be brought out of the state of emergency now", he said on April 18, hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the country will hold early elections on June 24.

On April 17, Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli said that Turkey couldn't wait till the next elections in 2019 for the full presidential system of governing to come into force.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised even his close associates with his decision to go to snap polls. "Developments in Syria and elsewhere have made it urgent to switch to the new executive system in order to take steps for our country's future in a stronger way", he said.

He had also called for early elections.

FETO and its US -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

Three hours after Erdogan's declaration, the High Electoral Board said it had completed all preparations for early elections and was waiting for approval from parliament, where the AKP has a majority.

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Turkey has been in a state of emergency since a failed military coup in 2016. Under the system the position of prime minister will be abolished and parliament's role will be much diminished to create a presidential republic instead of a parliamentary one.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announces a snap election for June 24 in order to switch to an executive presidency created by a narrowly won referendum previous year.

"The state of emergency needs to be lifted immediately, there can not be an election under emergency rule". Since then, Erdogan has cracked down on dissent, and thousands of people - including political opponents, civil servants, journalists and police - have been jailed.

The main opposition CHP party, the Republican People's Party, is expected to run alone but has not named a presidential candidate as of yet.

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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