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Early election is not a possibility, says ruling AK Party sources

Early election is not a possibility, says ruling AK Party sources A transparent ballot box at a representative polling station set up by the Supreme Election Council (YSK) ahead of the May 14 elections in Ankara, Türkiye, May 8, 2023. (AA Photo)
By Newsroom
Jul 9, 2024 8:50 AM

The ruling AK Party has firmly ruled out the possibility of early elections, declaring that discussions on this topic will only be entertained in 2027.

“We are focused on the expectations of our citizens,” said the AK Party leadership, emphasizing their dedication to economic recovery and stability.

Current political climate

While main opposition party CHP leader Ozgur Ozel continues to advocate for elections in 2026, the AK Party maintains a clear stance against early elections.

“We will not mention elections until 2027,” the party stated, dismissing Ozel’s proposals.

Response to opposition

The AK Party leadership responded to Ozel’s calls, noting that parties like DEVA, Saadet, and Gelecek are unlikely to support early elections due to their low chances of surpassing the electoral threshold.

“These parties’ MPs would not want to risk their current positions,” an AK Party insider commented.

Focus on economy

AK Party sources highlighted their commitment to addressing economic challenges. “Our focus is on getting the economy back on track and meeting the expectations of our citizens,” they said.

The party believes that discussions on election dates are premature, especially considering President Erdogan’s potential third-term candidacy, which requires a qualified majority (360 votes) in parliament.

Future election plans

Looking ahead, the AK Party indicated that discussions about renewing elections might occur in early 2027.

“We might consider moving the elections, initially scheduled for May 2028, forward by six months to a year,” an AK Party representative mentioned.

However, they stressed that this topic is not currently on their agenda and will only be addressed when appropriate.

Last Updated:  Jul 9, 2024 11:32 AM