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Turkish elections to take place under extraordinary conditions

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The course of Turkish politics has been drastically changed in the seven days since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) announced their decision to hold early elections on June 24.

When parliament voted in favor of snap polls, the country was just 65 days ahead of one of Turkey’s most critical elections ever. The date of June 24 was also announced on the same day as parliament voted to extend the state of emergency for another three months.

Furthermore, there was still no law on how to elect the president or how candidates would be nominated, meaning that the Supreme Election Board (YSK) was (and still is) unable to announce an election timeline. In addition, the selection of June 24 was widely interpreted as an attempt to put a hurdle in front of the İYİ (Good)........

© Hürriyet Daily News