Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced May 14 as the date for the next parliamentary and presidential elections in the country, stressing that Turkish voters will go to the polls. A month ago than he had previously reported.
The announcement was made on Saturday during a youth conference in the northwestern province of Bursa. In a video of the event released on Sunday, Erdogan – who is seeking re-election – can be heard saying: “I thank God that we are destined to share our path with you, our honorable youth, who will vote for the first time in the elections that will take place on May 14.”
Erdogan first hinted at the May 14 elections last week, but said on Sunday he would hold the official call on March 10, after which turkeyThe Supreme Council for Elections will prepare for the elections.
Erdogan, 68, has been in office since 2003 – first as prime minister and then, since 2014, as president – but this year he expects to face a tough and tough election as the country grapples with soaring inflation and a turbulent economy. It is not yet clear which candidate he will formally run against, but opinion polls show Erdogan trailing against some potential challengers.
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a second round of voting will be held on May 28.
This year’s elections were supposed to be held on June 18, but members of the ruling Justice and Development Party have proposed moving the date to avoid coinciding summer and religious holidays.