presidential, parliamentary elections measures begin immediately – Yildirim

ANKARA, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday that the process of early parliamentary and presidential elections announced earlier by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 24 would begin immediately.

The procedures will start immediately with submitting a letter to the parliament to be discussed in a general session, Yildirim added in a statement.

In a related development, parliamentary faction chief of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Elitas said the party will submit a letter to speaker of the parliament late today regarding holding early presidential and parliamentary polls next June.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu confirmed confidence in winning the next election, pledging that the 2018 will be the “return of democracy.” For his part, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Sezai Temelli said today that the parties of Justice and Development Party, and the National Movement will be defeated in the upcoming early elections.

Chairman of the Islamist Felicity Party (SP) Tammel Karamullahoglu said today that his party wants to hold a meeting with former Turkish President Abdullah Gul, hinting that the party would possibly nominate him for the upcoming presidential elections.

He added that his party is open to dialogue, noting that the party will meet with other opposition parties if it is possible.

Erdogan announced earlier in the day presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on June 24, instead of November 3, 2019 as it was planned.

Source: Kuwait News Agency