Jul 03 2018

Gov’t spokesperson shuts down claims of early municipal elections


Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Mahir Ünal on Tuesday said that there were no plans to pull Turkey’s municipal elections, which are slated for March 2019, ahead of schedule, independent news site T24 reported.

Ünal’s statement follows increasing talk following Turkey’s June 24 polls, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his leading AKP scored victory, that the country’s municipal elections set to take place next year would be pulled up to this year after the AKP failed to receive the figures it hoped for at the polls. Erdoğan’s AKP secured 41.8 percent of the vote in parliamentary polls last month, almost eight points lower than its performance in the last general election in November 2015.

‘’An election just ended and voters were very clear in their stance towards uncertainty and concern that is trying to be forced over Turkey. We do not find restarting debates on elections, just when Turkey is out of elections atmosphere, to be right,’’ Ünal said.

The spokesperson also added that Turkish Parliament would soon be working on regulations to address sexual abuse and animal rights.

The number of child abuse victims in Turkey has increased 33 percent in the last four years with  increasing calls for harsher punishment for sex offences against children.