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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls
By AYSE WIETING and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY -

4/21/18 4:05 PM

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party predicted Saturday that voters who backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past would “side with democracy” instead of a “dictatorship” during the next elections in June.

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Explainer: can the İyi Parti run in the 2018 Turkish election? - James in Turkey

Explainer: can the İyi Parti run in the 2018 Turkish election?
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Explainer: can the İyi Parti run in the 2018 Turkish election?
Turkey’s new centre-right movement may fall foul of rules for recently-founded political parties

Will they be allowed inside?

That is the question asked of the İyi Parti, or Good Party, after Turkey suddenly called a snap election for 24 June.

Six months after a group of MHP rebels finally formalised their movement, many have been asking whether it may fall foul of complicated rules that suggesting it must have held its first congress at least six months before an election.

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Why has Turkey’s president called early elections? - The Economist explains

The Economist explains

Why has Turkey’s president called early elections?
It has a lot to do with the economy

The Economist explains Apr 21st 2018 SINCE the start of the year, the question on the minds of many Turks was not whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured, left) would call early presidential and parliamentary elections, but when. The answer arrived on April 18th, when the Turkish strongman pushed the vote forward by eighteen months, to June 24th 2018, earlier than almost everyone had expected. So what does Mr Erdogan hope to achieve by marching Turks to the polls for the sixth time in four years, and for the second time under emergency law?

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As Hungary becomes Turkey | Ahval

As Hungary becomes Turkey

On Apr. 8, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party the Hungarian Civic Alliance (Fidesz) won parliamentary elections to extend his eight-year rule over NATO and European Union (EU) member Hungary. Many say that Hungary is drifting away from democracy under the rule of Orban and is on its way to becoming a second Turkey.

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Turkey's Erdogan says emergency rule good for economy as stops terrorism, strikes

Turkey's Erdogan says emergency rule good for economy as stops terrorism, strikes

Reuters Staff

3 Min Read

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Businesses should welcome Turkey’s state of emergency because it guards against terrorism and prevents workers from going out on strike, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Erdogan's shock election call brings cherished powers within reach

Erdogan's shock election call brings cherished powers within reach
Dominic Evans, David Dolan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan’s shock announcement of snap elections in June has caught Turkey’s troubled opposition off guard and brought him within reach of his cherished goal, a powerful presidency with sweeping executive powers.

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German gov't bans Turkish campaigning before elections - Xinhua | English.news.cn

German gov't bans Turkish campaigning before elections
Source: Xinhua 2018-04-20 23:59:32

BERLIN, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Turkish politicians will not be allowed to campaign in Germany ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in Turkey on June 24, the German government clarified on Friday.

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U.S. has 'concerns' about Turkey holding fair vote under state of emergency

U.S. has 'concerns' about Turkey holding fair vote under state of emergency

Reuters•April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it had concerns about Turkey's ability to hold free and fair elections given the ongoing state of emergency, a day after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a snap vote on June 24.

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