Jun 06 2018

Opposition victory in parliament could trigger election rerun – Erdoğan adviser

A victory for Turkey’s opposition in the upcoming parliamentary elections could result in a swift rerun if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan maintains his position, Mehmet Uçum, a chief adviser to the president, told Bloomberg.

With both elections due on Jun. 24, and the opposition “Nation Alliance” staging a spirited campaign against Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s “People’s Alliance”, the possibility of an opposition victory in parliament is uncomfortably real for the sitting government.

This year’s presidential election will usher in a new executive presidential system in Turkey, doing away with the role of prime minister and granting the president greatly enhanced powers.

“If the opposition takes parliament and Erdoğan is re-elected, politicians must understand the public wants them to cooperate and balance one another. If they can’t manage that, either parliament or the president could take the decision to hold elections again,” said Uçum.

This, however, would be a last resort and could force the country down a “dead end,” he added.

Under the new presidential system, the presidential and parliamentary elections are tied, so a rerun of the parliamentary election would potentially also trigger another presidential election.