Turkey: Early-election and reshuffle scenarios start circulating

Turkey: Early-election and reshuffle scenarios start circulating

Early-election scenarios have begun circulating in Turkey, prompting opposition parties to remain alert.

The hustle started with the announcement of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that, in cooperation with the National Action Party (MHP), they were preparing changes to the electoral law. According to their proposals, unless 6 or 12 months have passed since the establishment of a party, they will not have the right to participate in the elections even if they form a parliamentary group. This possibility is ruled out in the event of early elections by the parties established one and two months ago by two former Erdogan ministers, Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu respectively! The same electoral law could ban MPs from transferring to other parties, which again favors the Erdogan-Bahceli government alliance.

The election debate was also intensified by Erdogan’s call to party officials in Turkey’s 81 cities, urging them to come closer to the people as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu stated that “their thoughts on changing the electoral law show that they are also considering early elections. That depends on Bahceli and Erdogan, of course. We are ready for early elections”.

Officials from smaller parties have said they do not rule out that early elections be held in August or September. They say the deteriorating state of the economy may continue and Erdogan will want to get hold of things before they get worst.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told AKP members that “we have three years ahead of us”, yet he has made surprising decisions in the past when he found that polls were in his favor.

Amidst this climate, T24 news website claims the President of Turkey plans to proceed with a government reshuffle soon. According to this scenario, Erdogan will transfer Berat Albayrak’s son-in-law to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Ministry of Finance and will upgrade former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and current Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. /ibna