Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24

Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24

Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24

Turkey's High Electoral Board (YSK) has completed all preparations for early elections, slated for June 24 by President Tayyip Erdogan, and is waiting for parliament's approval, the board's chairman said.

The announcement came following a meeting between Erdogan and his ally Devlet Bahceli, head of the nationalist MHP party, who on Tuesday launched an appeal for an early vote on August 26.

Erdoğan said the country urgently needed to make the switch to an executive presidency.

The AKP would like to keep the state of emergency in place throughout the election cycle, though the detrimental effect it has had on the economy means the party would not want to sustain it beyond the vote.

Erdogan has established a formal alliance with the MHP to fight the elections, making it hard for his party to dismiss Bahceli's call out of hand.

There have not been any changes to the election threshold under the new system, as political parties need to secure at least 10 percent in elections to win seats in parliament.

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

Erdogan also said: "Even though the president and government are working in unison, the diseases of the old system confront us at every step we take..."

"It can not be that there is some cynical outcome between the Commision, the member State Governments and Erdogan's government that would only be a pragmatic approach to Foreign Policy objectives, trade and some kind of people to people contact without putting human rights and rule of law front, center and future of that relation", she warned.

Turkey accused Greece on Tuesday of violating global law by not extraditing eight Turkish soldiers Ankara believes were supporters of a failed coup attempt in 2016. The victor of the presidential election - Erdogan will most probably be the victor - will enjoy dramatically strengthened powers as they were adopted by a marginal majority in the referendum of April 2017. "The country needs to brought out of the emergency rule regime starting today". Wide-ranging purges have have led to the imprisonment of tens of thousands of people, including journalists-Turkey is now known as the world's biggest jailer of journalists.

Turkey has been continuing military operations in that country.

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