Turkey’s Erdogan has called for a snap election on June 24th, more than a year earlier than scheduled. Erdogan cited instability in Syria and willingness to abandon the old constitutional order for the earlier elections: however, many are worried for the fairness of the elections since it will be held during a state of emergency.
A significant number of people believe that the decision for snap elections was due to economic instability and for efforts to block newly-formed IYI party from participating the elections.
IYI party was not able participate in the elections if 15 members of the main opposition party CHP did not resign and join the IYI party. Many people considered this as an act of democratic initiative, by the CHP.
According to the elections procedure in Turkey, a party could only partipicate in elections if either it had organizations over half of Turkey’s provinces, or it had a minimum number of seats in the parliament. The IYI party has ensured its eligibility with the newly-joined members, transferred from the CHP.
Today, Turkey’s official election commision YSK has anounced 10 eligible parties, including the IYI Party.
CHP-IYI party coalition has a potential to challenge Erdogan’s “Cumhur” coalition with far-right MHP party. However, some are already sure that President Erdogan will once again win at all costs, due to concerns about state of emergency and unfair elections process.
Turks will vote for both congress and president on the same day.
If you wonder why early elections in Turkey might be “necessary”, look at the grey line on this chart. That is net CB international reserves and has dropped by 20% in last month or so.
You can only have another 4 months like that and then… that’s it. You’re out. pic.twitter.com/9CoCn8BUhY
— Can Okar (@canokar) April 17, 2018
Single most important thing about Turkey’s elections is they will be held under state of emergency.
— Nate Schenkkan (@nateschenkkan) April 18, 2018
Big news out of Turkey: MHP leader and Erdoğan ally Devlet Bahceli calls for early presidential and parliamentary elections on August 26. Hard to imagine this was not planned by (or at least cleared with) Erdoğan. The lira agrees. pic.twitter.com/866CkurLFV
— Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) April 17, 2018
— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) April 20, 2018
Erdoğan cited two main reasons for early elex in Turkey:
• Willigness to abandon the old constitutional order. Elections will put the constitutional amendments in effect
• War and developments in Syria and Iraq. He said they want to stabilise the situation in Turkey
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) April 18, 2018
Today the main opposition party in Turkey, CHP, agreed to give 15 MPs to the newly established IYI (Good) Party so they can participate in the upcoming snap elections. This act should be applauded as it helps put a better ground for democracy.
— Erdoan A. Shipoli (@eshipoli) April 23, 2018
— Seren Selvin Korkmaz (@selvinkorkmaz) April 23, 2018
YSK rules İYİ Party eligible to participate in Turkey’s snap elections https://t.co/9uXgXfVzWN
— SCF (@StockholmCF) April 23, 2018
#Turkey‘s Election Commission YSK certifies only 10 parties as eligible to run in June snap polls. Liberal Party and Communist Party among those that were disqualified over technicalities. 31 parties contested elections in 2015. pic.twitter.com/8w3sht2GFu
— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) April 23, 2018
15 MPs from CHP resigned and joined İYİ Party allowing Akşener to run! pic.twitter.com/ktWbMfIMZo
— Brittany Smutek-Anlar (@britanlar) April 22, 2018
President Erdogan: We decided to hold snap elections on Sunday, June 24, 2018. pic.twitter.com/GNuYvVIwat
— RTErdogan Live (@RTErdoganLive) April 18, 2018
Aksener commends CHP leader Kilicdaroglu's transfer of 15 MPs to her IYI Party as "beyond all sorts of appreciation" while denouncing Erdogan-Bahceli alliance for their "joint setup" to disqualify her group from June 24 snap elections. https://t.co/8IzveA4UUW
— Mustafa E. Yilmaz (@MustafaEdib) April 22, 2018
— dokuz8 NEWS (@dokuz8_EN) April 23, 2018
So it appears Daily Sabah have branded the Iyi Party "far-right" on its front page – I wonder if they would use the same terminology for the even more right-wing MHP, whom the Iyi Party broke from, but who are supporting Erdogan and the AKP: pic.twitter.com/MutRMqtW9I
— Alex MacDonald (@AlexJayMac) April 23, 2018