Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan

Erdoğan suggests bringing forward the elections in Turkey to May 14

Erdoğan will repeat as a candidate for the Presidency of Turkey. However, the opposition does not yet have a candidate.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested advancing the elections in Turkey to May 14, putting the opposition in a difficult position, since it plans to present itself as a united front but still does not have a consensus candidate who can face Erdoğan.

During a speech delivered today before members of his AKP party in Ankara, Erdoğan recalled that Turkey held its first free elections in 1950, elections that were held on May 14 and in which Prime Minister Adnan Menderes won, later executed in 1961 after the coup perpetrated a year earlier.

“Menderes said on May 14, 1950: ‘That is enough, the people will make their decision,’ and he emerged victorious at the polls. Our people will give an answer (to the opposition) on the same day, but 73 years later,” Erdoğan said, thus implying that the next presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, initially scheduled for June 18, will finally be brought forward to coincide with the date of May 14.

Erdoğan’s AKP will present itself as in previous elections in coalition with the nationalist MHP, under the joint name People’s Alliance. For its part, the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), is holding negotiations on the formation of the so-called National Alliance.

The opposition, with no candidate to face Erdoğan

In addition to the CHP itself, the National Alliance would include the İYİ Parti (IP), the Felicity Party (SP), the Future Party (GP), the Democratic Party (DP) and the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA). Two of these parties are led by Ahmet Davutoğlu and Ali Babacan, who were foreign and economy ministers under Erdoğan.

Although the AKP-MHP alliance is clear that Erdoğan will repeat as a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, the opposition coalition has not yet designated its candidate; Turkish press has recently published that, in the event of winning the elections in Turkey, each of the opposition party would receive a vice-presidency of the government and a ministry: something that arouses controversy given that some of these parties barely add up to 1% of the votes of the electorate.