Turkey: Opposition leader calls for early elections

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    Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli on Tuesday called for early elections in Turkey on Aug. 26.

    Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group in capital Ankara, Bahceli said: “It should be known that the MHP wants early elections after the adjustment laws are enacted.

    “Electing the president on Aug. 26…is the most rational and reasonable way forward.”

    On April 16, 2017, Turkey held a referendum during which the majority of voters decided in favor of an 18-article bill to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

    The parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to take place in November 2019.

    Later, speaking to journalists before his parliamentary group meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet Bahceli on Wednesday.

    The meeting will take place at 13.30 p.m. (1030GMT) on Wednesday.

    After the parliamentary group meeting, Erdogan responded to questions by reporters on early elections, saying: “In our meeting, we will evaluate his remarks. Right now, I have nothing to say.”

    Also, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters that the MHP’s call for early elections would be evaluated.

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