Turks head to the polls for parliamentary and presidential election on June 24 amid predictions the party of incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will win.
The snap polling will be held against backdrop of April’s nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments for transforming the governing system into a presidential regime.
Erdogan has stated that the upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls “are a matter of sovereignty and future for Turkey.” He has recently lambasted his arch foe, Muharrem Ince, candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), for failing to declare a manifesto for combating terrorist organizations.
The Turkish journalist, Ismail Kaaban, said in remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that Erdogan’s party would most likely win the polls.
Nevertheless, the opposition parties managed to heal rifts among their ranks, naming charismatic figures as nominees. Therefore, Erdogan may find himself struggling in the face of robust competition in the electoral process, according to Kaaban.
The opposition camp, grouping a cocktail of parties of diverse aspirations and political thoughts, views the election as an opportunity to “revive democracy.” Mehmet Demir Bagh, international relations’ expert, expresses his belief in a statement to KUNA that majority of the Turks are against a political crisis that may affect their livelihood, thus they see voting for Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party as a safe option to spare themselves such a dire situation.
He concurs that the Justice party will win the elections and maintain its hold on power.
The elections will be the fifth and the sixth in Turkey in the last five years.
Erdogan had announced the snap polls following a meeting with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bah?�eli, after the latter called for snap elections in August.
In February, Erdogan’s AK Party agreed to form the People’s Alliance with the MHP for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Bahceli earlier announced that his party would not nominate a candidate for the next presidential elections and instead would support Erdogan.
Up to 10 parties, including the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), will run in the elections.
The other parties set to compete are the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Felicity (Saadet) Party, Grand Unity Party (BBP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Democrat Party (DP), Patriotic (Vatan) Party, Free Cause (Huda-Par) Party, and newly formed Good (IYI) Party.
The Turkish parliament had passed a bill calling for the early elections on June 24.
Source: Kuwait News Agency