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MARC PIERINI

On June 24, Turkey’s citizens will vote in two crucial elections: one to elect their president, with a runoff held on July 8 if needed, and one to elect members of the Turkish parliament in a single round of voting. Both elections will be held sixteen months earlier than the normal voting schedule and under a prolonged state of emergency. Many view this as a preemptive move by the country’s incumbent, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to win ballots ahead of difficult times for the Turkish economy.

 

 

E-Rally of HDP’s Demirtaş who is in prison:

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), reached out to voters through his wife’s phone on June 6, holding a campaign “rally” from his prison cell in the northeastern province of Edirne.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said having a refrigerator at home is a sign of prosperity, triggering a new political polemic ahead of the June 24 elections
İYİ (Good) Party chair and presidential candidate Meral Akşener said on June 5 that the surveys show she will move on to the second round in presidential polls

Two high school students who have drawn ‘the kettle of Demirtaş’ on the walls as part of HDP’s election campaign have been arrested on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce vows that Turkey will become a “state of law” if he is elected president in the June 24 election.
President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of pledging to destroy what the ruling party has done.

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