Turkey’s election date finalized as May 14: AKP Spokesperson

Turkey’s election date finalized as May 14: AKP Spokesperson
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AKP spokesperson Omer Celik said Turkish President Erdogan made the necessary statement and it is now certain that the election will be held on May 14

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Omer Celik said the election date has been finalized as May 14.

"It is now certain that the election will be held on May 14. Our President made the necessary statement,” Celik said during a live broadcast on CNN Turk on Wednesday.

Erdogan on Saturday said he will use his authority on March 10 to start the official process for Turkey’s elections to be held on May 14, amid a quarrel where opposition circles say he cannot be a presidential candidate unless the parliament approves a decision to renew the elections before the scheduled day. Erdogan’s running for the office for a third term is against Turkey’s Constitution, they say.

Turkey is facing presidential and parliamentary elections officially scheduled for June 18.

Erdogan who assumed office in 2014 is currently on his second term as president, which is the maximum he could hold the post according to the constitution.

Article 101 of the constitution says that "The term of the president of the republic is five years. A person may be elected president of the republic for a maximum of two terms."

However, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says that Article 101 does not prevent Erdogan's candidacy, as it was applied for the first time in 2018 elections as Turkey adopted a presidential system of governance in a nationwide referendum held in 2017, that granted Erdogan vast executive powers.

One exception on the other hand that was brought in with the 2017 referendum is that if parliament votes to renew elections during the president’s second term, he could run for another term.

Earlier this month, AKP officials said if they cannot get a May date decision from the parliament, the process will proceed with the decision of the President.

According to the AKP officials, there are two possible ways for an early election; one of them is the parliament’s taking a decision with the vote of 360 deputies in the 550-seat assembly, and the other is the president’s dissolving the parliament.

The ruling alliance (AKP-MHP) maintains 334 seats in Turkish parliament, which is not enough for securing a parliamentary decision to bring the elections forward.