>> Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has called a snap election. In a bid to switch to an executive presidency that would give him enhanced powers. Erdogan has brought the country's presidential and parliamentary poll forward by more than a year, to June 24th. Last year, he narrowly won a referendum to change the Constitution and create an executive presidency.
That office will have more powers, but they only come into force after the next presidential election. Certain developments in, quote, Syria and elsewhere, Erdogan said Turkey needed the switch to an executive presidency to happen sooner.>>
> Changing to the new system has become urgent to take the stronger decisions for our country's future, and execution of them.
>> The announcement comes after calls for an early election from the head of Turkey's nationalist MHP party. Who's expected to form an alliance with Erdogan's ruling AK party. Turkey has been under a state of emergency imposed after a coup attempt in 2016. On Wednesday, Turkey's main opposition said that needed to be immediately lifted because of the election.
But just an hour later, Turkey's parliament approved a three month extension, meaning the vote will be held under emergency rule.