Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces early presidential and parliamentary elections for June 24, 2018, at the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.(Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday called a snap presidential and parliamentary election on June 24, more than a year earlier than planned, saying the country urgently needed to make the switch to an executive presidency. Bringing the elections forward means that they will take place under a state of emergency that has been in place since a July 2016 attempted coup and was extended by Parliament Wednesday for another three months.In 15 years of rule as prime minister and later president, Erdogan has transformed a poor country at the eastern edge of Europe into a major emerging market. Erdogan and his ministers had previously dismissed the prospect of early polls. Bahceli's small MHP party is expected to form an alliance with Erdogan's AK Party in the parliamentary election.The main opposition CHP party called for an immediate end to the emergency, which allows Erdogan and the government to bypass Parliament in passing new laws and allows them to suspend rights and freedoms.
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