Turkey will return to the polls. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called early elections for June 24 to choose the parliament and a president. Crucially important elections, originally planned for the end of 2019, they will end the transformation of Turkey from a parliamentary republic to a presidential republic, which began with the contested referendum on April 15, 2017.
The new constitutional arrangement delivers enormous new powers to the office of the president. And it is precisely for this reason that he’s rushing to close the deal. Erdogan called the present government system “an illness,” while the new government, with him at the helm, will be able to overcome “the developments in Syria and the uncertainties in Turkey.”
Meanwhile, the parliament ratified the seventh extension of the state of emergency, in force during the elections despite the explicit opposition from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.