Turkish opposition party expects no early elections

Meral Akşener, the leader of the opposition centre-right nationalist Good Party, said on Sunday the conditions for early elections did not currently exist in Turkey, Diken news website reported.

"I have not had any feeling that we’d have early elections from the beginning. I do not see early elections under the conditions we are in," Akşener said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s response to the coronavirus outbreak have drawn criticism, and with the economy tottering some have speculated that elections could be on the horizon before they are scheduled in 2023. 

The opposition politicians from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu and Ankara mayor Mansur Yavaş, have emerged as possible rivals to Erdoğan, and their popularity has been boosted by municipal aid campaigns. 

Meanwhile, 18 percent of respondents in an April poll by MAK Consulting Group, said the pandemic would change their political allegiance.