> Some surprise in Turkey as President Tayyip Erdogan calls for snap elections. Turkey will now hold parliamentary and presidential polls on June 24th, Erdogan said yesterday. Nearly a year and a half earlier than planned. I'm David Dolan of Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey. Erdogan on Wednesday, announced the snap polls that he says are urgently needed to ushering the executive presidential system he has long sought.
Turks narrowly voted in favor of a referendum last year to change the constitution and create an executive-style presidency. Those changes don't go into effect officially until after the next polls. He said the military is ongoing cross-border operation in Syria. Again, so Kurdish militia and economic uncertainty made it imperative to switch to the executive system as soon as possible.
Critics point out however, that Erdogan already has sort of de facto assumed those powers by deemed to the fact that the country remains under emergency rule. There's a lot of speculation that Erdogan, who has a well deserved reputation as a masterful campaigner and a keen reader of public opinion, pulled the elections forward out of concern that the economy has peaked.
And he doesn't wanna be stuck campaigning more than a year from now amidst a downturn. Of course, for ordinary Turks in the opposition, the biggest issue maybe that Turkey is headed into yet another election under emergency rule. The rights groups and more of Turkey's western allies fear the scope of the crackdown that he is also launched.
The election critics fear will just further cement one man rule in Turkey.