Turkey’s ruling AKP dismisses possibility of snap elections: report

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AKP Spokesperson Ömer Çelik

Turkey’s ruling party spokesperson ruled out snap elections at a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

When asked by reporters whether the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) expected a snap election, Ömer Çelik said the elections were over and that it was time for reform.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, recently said Turkey’s poor economic performance might trigger an early election, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government were unable to govern the country.

Following the Turkish opposition’s local election victories in İstanbul and Ankara, observers have argued that the opposition might have a chance against President Erdoğan in a snap election.

Turkey’s economy survived a currency crisis in the summer of 2018, with the lira losing some 30 percent against the US dollar.

Despite a significant recovery from the crisis, high inflation and unemployment rates are still reasons for concern.

Turkey held parliamentary and presidential election in June 2018, and the next general elections will be held in 2023 according to the schedule.

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