Turkey snap polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24th, bringing them forward from November of next year.

Erdogan made the announcement on Wednesday after meeting with the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, Devlet Bahceli. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and Bahceli’s MHP are seeking to forge an electoral alliance.

Erdogan argued that the country’s politics should have more ability to make decisions and get things done as the situation in Syria changes.

Turkey has been continuing military operations in that country.

Presidential powers have been substantially strengthened through constitutional amendments following a referendum in April of last year.

The snap elections are expected to be officially decided after parliamentary approval and other procedures.

Some observers say if the governing camp wins the elections, Erdogan can step up his authoritarian approach.

Others say the elections will affect ways to address the flagging economy and diplomatic policies, especially relating to the Middle East.

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